Last week I attended a conference "Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance" held in Berkeley, California. As part of its Data and Democracy initiative, The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) convened representatives from the public sector, tech industry, and NGOs to discuss the many issues surrounding open data.
The terms "open data" and "open government" have been thrown around in both rich-world and developing country contexts. In the US National Day of Civic Hacking came and gone June 1st, but what does it really look like in action? What sorts of approaches should one take in their communities to foster civic participation and social change? What sorts of outcomes can one expect? We got a glimpse of it when Steve Spiker (@spjika) from OpenOakland and the Urban Strategies Council spoke at a recent San Francisco Tech4Good event. Steve is pioneer in the civic hacking movement and was recently honored by the White House for his efforts.