Transparency Advocates React to U.S. Open Government Action Plan (by techPresident)
- “President Barack Obama on Tuesday led the public unveiling of national open government action plans from the eight countries participating in the Open Government Partnership, a multilateral coalition on openness and transparency.”
- Find out what some advocates have said about it.
September 2011 Municipal Cost Index Released (by American City & County)
- Find out if the costs of goods and services purchased by local governments went up or down since last month.
August 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings (by comScore)
- “comScore, Inc. … released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in August for an average of 18 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions.”
- More data here…
NY Governor launches transparency website (by CivSource)
- Find out how the Governor is trying to interact more with citizens.
- Speaking of practical ways that the government can provide useful information to citizens online… there are various government webpages that help citizens become informed on being safe around fireworks. Here’s a sampling of them…
The White House and E-Petitions:
- With ‘We The People,’ White House Promises to Go E-to-the-People
- White House offers “We the People” online petitions at WhiteHouse.gov
Also, I had a guest post over on the American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) blog: “How Local Governments Benefit from Social Media“
- So what can government communications learn from the east-coast earthquake that happened on Tuesday?
- Here’s three things:
- be where they are, be official, be fast.
- “AmericaSpeaks released a new report, ‘Assessing Public Participation in an Open Government Era: A Review of Federal Agency Plans.’ This represents the most comprehensive review of the public participation aspects of the federal open government initiative to date.” (link in original)
- A bunch of info in the story by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
- “comScore released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in July for an average of 18.5 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions.” (emphasis added)
Which way did the August 2011 Municipal Cost Index go? Find out here!
- The author “shares with us his organization’s venture at creating metrics for government websites that officials and citizens can agree on.”
This afternoon there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that had it’s epicenter in VA.
We felt it here in the office and within moments of it happening, I checked Twitter. What did I find? Multiple people that I follow had already said they felt it in DC and elsewhere. This was before the mainstream news websites would have had any information on it – well before the newspaper for tomorrow has come out.
I also quickly checked the USGS’ website to see if they had any information on it and they sure did!
So what can governments learn from this? (I get some of this from Steve Ressler’s point in this post on GovLoop, “What Tools Government Needs in an Earthquake“)
Here’s some ideas:
Be where THEY are!
- You need to be in places that you will be heard quickly. These need to be outlets where your citizens are and regularly frequent for news and official (or unofficial information). If they don’t hear your message, the rest pointless. Whether that is Twitter, Facebook, through an email list, or someplace else where people go for breaking news.
- People are talking about it – whether you are or not. And they may have inaccurate information. You need to be out there with correct and trustworthy information.
- Like I said, I found out info about the earthquake within moments of it happening – from sources who didn’t know what the earthquakes’ magnitude was, if there might be an aftershock, etc. You have to be quick to get information out there. The USGS was pretty fast. They had data about the earthquake available almost instantly on their website and they Tweeted about it on Twitter within minutes of it.
- Jeffry Levy (@levyj413 on Twitter) has an interesting observation about the USGS Tweets on Twitter.
- “USGS crowd sources earthquake reports“
Several important things happened in the world of open government and technology this week. Let me know which articles should be added to the list by commenting below!
- The U.S. has a new Chief Information Officer. Alex Howard has this write-up about it and here’s Nick Judd’ post on it.
- The 2011 FOCAS, Networks and Citizenship, took place in Aspen, Colorado this week. There’s archived video online from it (along with more information) accessible through Alex Howard’s post.
- Here’s an article on “How Governments Are Developing Better Performance Metrics“.
- The Sunlight Foundation now has a 3rd post in a series entitled, “Congress Online”. This time the focus is on Congressional media.
- Interesting article by eMarketer on the adoption of tablets among the Hispanic population. How is your local government reaching out to this community? This blog has touched on it several times.