Here's what we'll discuss on this weeks's OpenGovRadio show (Tues., April 20th, 2:00 pm ET):
"Beth Noveck Takes Your OpenGov Questions"
Joining me, your host Stephen Buckley, will be Beth Noveck, the White House's Deputy Chief Technology Officer. Ms. Noveck's primary responsbility has been President Obama's Open Government Initiative.
(From Wikipedia:) Based at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, she is an expert on technology and institutional innovation. Previously, Noveck directed the Institute for Information Law & Policy and the Democracy Design Workshop at New York Law School where she is on-leave as a professor. She is founder of the "Do Tank," and the State of Play Conferences, and launched the first of its kind Peer-to-Patent community patent review project in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trade Office. She has taught in the areas of intellectual property, innovation, and constitutional law, as well as courses on electronic democracy and electronic government. She is the author of the book Wiki Government, about how technology can make government better, democracy stronger, and citizens more powerful.
The Open Government Initiative began on President Obama's first full day in office when he signed the Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, followed last December with issuance of the Open Government Directive to federal agencies and, on April 7th, the release of Open Government Plans by every federal agency on how they plan to be more "transparent, participatory, and collaborative."
After some discussion about Ms. Noveck's perspective on the progress made thus far, we will turn to take your questions and comments, especially from those people in the federal agencies who are responsible for implementing their agency's "OpenGov" Plan.
OpenGovRadio's host Stephen Buckley invites you to listen on your computer and, if you wish, add to the discussion with your comments and questions. However, because the listeners' response to this topic may be greater than usual, there are three options to participate:
A. Post it, now, as a "Comment" at the end of this posting (scroll down to "green box"). It must be concise, and focused on the Open Government Initiative (or else it will not appear). Commentors do not need to identify themselves. They may also choose to ...
B. Email a comment/question confidentially to your host Stephen Buckley, who fully understands the risk of raising unwelcome questions within the government. Mr. Buckley can ask the question for you, but if you want to "call in", then he needs your phone number in order to see your incoming call.
C. Call-in "live" to (917) 388-4210 with your comment/question. However, first preference will be given to callers who have already provided their question/comment, AND who haved provided a phone number with which to identify their incoming call.
Links for following the discussion:
1. Listing of Federal Agencies' OpenGov Plans
http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/around (then click on an agency's name)
2. GovLoop's Chart of the OpenGov Plans
3. "What Government Plans Are Missing" by Andrea Di Maio, The Gartner Group (4/1/10)
4. How We Will Measure the Success of Open Government at HHS
5. "OpenTheGovernment.org and [their] partners will be using [the Open Government Directive] to evaluate the Open Government Plans, and grade them on whether they live up to both the letter, and the spirit, of the [OGD] requirements." https://sites.google.com/site/opengovtplans/
6. A Test of Leadership by Brian Friel (Government Executive magazine, 3/17/10)
7. Transparent Leadership by Roger Schwarz (Government Executive magazine, 4/7/10)
Excerpt: "When you are transparent, you create better results and relationships because others understand your thinking. People always are trying to find the meaning of actions, especially leaders' behaviors. When you fail to be transparent, you increase the chance that others will come up with their own theories about your intentions and motives - theories that often will differ from yours. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0410/040710mm.htm
8. DorobekInsider.com compendium of the previos week's OpenGov links (w/ survey question at bottom)
9. Participedia.net is a consists of user-generated information about participatory methods and organizations (e.g., NCDD, IAP2, etc.) throughout the world.
10. ParticipationCamp.org -- April 17th & 18th (Sat./Sun.) in D.C.
11. Open Government Directive Workshop (#4 in Series) -- Wednesday, April 28th in D.C. (@USDA)
12. President's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government (1/21/09)
13. White House's Open Government Directive (12/8/09)
14. CoffeePartyUSA.com is a group that is promoting civil discourse for an "Age of Participation".
15. Open Government Directive google-group is an "opt-in/opt-out" moderated email-group (137 members) about OGD news & discussion.
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