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21 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.com, Brian Enright 21 days ago
cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.comApril 2nd - CLASS 9 - Devolved Governance: Participatory Budgeting
Guests: Hollie Gilman
Brian EHollie's Email - hrgilman@gmail.com
Guest: Alan Kantrow
Alan's email - akantrow@gmail.com
Former Student: Pia Mancini from Net Democracy in Argentina
"Our foundation, Democracia en Red (Net Democracy) develops an open source free software that works on the most simple and intelligent way to deliberate online called DemocracyOS (www.democracyos.org)  The app is currently in use for the Buenos Aires Parliament here: dos.partidodelared.org, in Tunisia through IWatch Tunisia http://vot-it.org and in the Mexican Government here: datos.gob.mx
The code is here: github.com/democracyos"
28 days ago
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cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.comMarch 26th - CLASS 8 - Open Data Governance: Open Data 
  • Greg Elin 
  • Teddy Zmrhal
  • Matthew Burton
  • Dinorah Cantu Pedraza  - Former Gov 3.0 student 
  • Jesus Cepeda - Current online Gov 3.0 learner, visiting NYC 
  • Assemblyman Vidal Llerenas
  • Sarah Aquilar Flaschka 
  • Joel Gurin 
"FISMA is like taxes" (Greg Elin)
At the FCC: wanted to do an updated website, hosted "in the cloud". They had to prepare a security plan. System Security Plan: 
Without a "POA&M" (Plan of Action and Milestones) you can't launch your website.
Everytime you want to use a new technology system or tool, you have to go through the FISMA framework to prove that your use is secure.
FISMA Security Objectives:
  1. Confidentiality
  1. Integrity
  1. Availability
42 days ago
cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.comMarch 12th CLASS 7 - Incentives to Participate: Lessons from the Social Sciences; Prize-Backed and Grand Challenges 
What is the reason why?
  • Citizen engagement 
  • Saving resources 
  • Ben Sone reason - engagement = political support/awareness= ease of implementation for more difficult projects
  • blaise hbecause expertise is decentralized in our modern information society
  • Alan Sand their experiences with the policy (how it currently exists or could exist) is the most important part (reason) for policy existing.
  • Amy Fdiversity of ideas and feedback for optimal solution
  • Ben Sanother reason - engagement increases literacy on the problem
  • Chuy Copens up the possibility for an ongoing dialogue, helps finding/identifying risks and solutions...
  • Tony D@alan crowdsourcing sources of used but good condition cardboard, to decrease steps to reuse, I think. understanding best practices for large scale units that recycle, such as large residential buildings
  • blaise h because collaboration is the strongest tool to uderstand complex problems.
  • C BMmm, I think citizen engagement can give legitimacy to public expenditures that are sometimes necessary to solve problems.
  • Ben S engagement (like in this class) makes us think - usually good for democracy :)
Alan SThe crowd is smarter than one guy. 
It creates buy in to public policy - if people feel they have a chance to shape something, they are more likely to utilize it, defend it, use it.  
It can match NEEDS to RESOURCES
Amy FIt increases knowledge and understanding of the issue
Tyeshia SOpen IDEO:
  • Who is the audience- Motivated Change makers that want to participate in forum to receive feedback.
  • Theory of participation- Crowd Sourcing
  • What is it intended to do- Broadcasting problems to receive innovative solutions by sponsors. 
  • What doesn't work- Lack of accessibility and reaching a small audience. Receiving an immense amount of non useful information.
  • What does work- Great potential to receive a brilliant hour
  • What are the incentives- Finding a solution to a problem, problem posters receive applauses which increase motivation. The site takes the best ideas and evaluates the impact. The organization receives innovation and ideas with low keeping operating costs low.
Bethany BOpen Ministry Finland:
Audience: All Finnish citizens and NGOs
Theory of participation: Inviting the public to share their opinions on policies will increase civic engagement
Design of Platform: Blog
What doesn't work: Extremely general, no real mission statement, no apparent tools to use for engagement/feedback, not a lot of visible incentives for participation, little organization
What does work: Nice graphics, nice idea, positive "message" social media features, tool for feedback (visitors automatically see how popular an idea is)
Incentive: For the public to impact laws, change policy
  • Incentives - Monetary, Altruistic, publicity   
  • Who is the audience- Businesses/ Governments / Organizations. Innovative problem solvers. 
  • Theory of Participation- The more people are participating and contributing ideas, the better the solution will be
  • Intention- To provide a platform that orgs. can use to launch a challenge to solve a problem
Katia ADOT Innovation Challenge 
  • Audience: Developers, someone who has the ability to "create an innovative tool to address systemic challenges by accessing publicly-available federal and/or local DOT datasets.
  • Incentive:  The winner or winners will be invited to US DOT headquarters to take part in a special ceremony with Secretary Foxx and other senior officials.
  • Design:  Low tech.  Appears to be an email upload for ideas.  
  • Theory of participation:  Not apparent, so perhaps the theory is "build it and they will come."  Appear to rely on 'general altruism' of audience.  
  • What works:  Infographic; outline for what makes a winning submission.  
Ben S
  • What works: 
Katia A
  • What doesn't work:  No sharing of ideas, lack of transparency; unable to see contributions made by others; lack of explnation as to what DOT's big challenges are; lacking interaction, too static.        
56 days ago
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cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.comWeek #5 February 26th - CLASS 5 - Smarter Governance: Getting Better Expertise In: Expert Discovery
Slides from Today:
Katia A "What do I think might help address this" and build your lit search around that question.  We, as Gov 3.0 participants, are still trying to get our heads around what the problem is rather than the solution.  
63 days ago
Smarter Governance: Getting Better Expertise In: Big and Small Data
Daniel SThree key factors in success of the White House Open Government Initiative:
  • Policy (Memorandum issued in Jan; Directive issued in Dec of same year)
  • People
  • Projects and platforms
(I recommend this article: "The New Ambiguity of "Open Government" : http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2012489)
cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.comNext week, we can connect the NYU Librarians with the students in the class
Get involved at CodeAcross: 
Millicent CParticipation: one way street, citizens give ideas to gov
Collaboration: citizens work on ideas with each other about gov
Big data: Network effects are relevant. What's new now is that we can take data that might have been bounded (eg, small) and combine it with a number of other data sets, thereby making that data part of Big Data. 
See Many Eyes. Anyone can add their data to the data someone else has posted, and it tells a new story.
cosmo.fujiyama@gmail.comData is not really "pre-factual". Categories are political, as are choices about resolution of data and what data "isn't" collected. 
Questions from Beth: 
What are the risks and benefits of collecting new data?
What data do you think that needs to collected?
What data do you need?
How open does that data need to be? 
What data is collected?
Should be collected? Before or after?
Who owns it? What are the risks? 
blaise hOther articles recommended reading:
  • Get five ideas from others on what you can do to tackle this problem 
  • Keep iterating on your one pager, keep refining your understanding of the problem. It's not unusual to spend weeks discussing the problem.
  • We'll start transitioning into Memo 
  • What is the problem
  • Why does it matter
  • What are the approaches for solving this 
  • Blog Post 
  • Post your problem statement 
  • Here is what was hard, here is how my thinking changed 
  • You should have a one-pager of the problem statement which will be Part 1 of the Memo  (problem statement)
  • Blog Post 
63 days ago
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