Title

Open Governance: Trends from "Cutting Edge" Governments in the US and Abroad

Presenter Information

Sarah Schacht

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Government is typically thought of as slow, bureaucratic, and opaque. Yet, in the last five years, we've seen a global movement towards open governance which has lead to new technologies, policies, practices, and cultures within government. These new developments are being led by a diversity of governments, ranging from small cities in Texas to the parliaments of national governments in Asia. This presentation highlights the cases of individual governments and open government activists from the US and abroad, providing a window into emerging trends in governance. Individual government cases will provide the audience insights into how citizens and government staff could increase (with small budgets and just a few people) transparency, citizen-government interaction, cost efficiency, and modern technology implementation. Schacht is an energetic and experienced public speaker with ten years of experience working in the open government field with governments ranging from the Obama White House, to United Nations parliament technology gatherings, to the City of Seattle, to advising 10 Downing Street.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Open Governance: Trends from "Cutting Edge" Governments in the US and Abroad

SURC 137A

Government is typically thought of as slow, bureaucratic, and opaque. Yet, in the last five years, we've seen a global movement towards open governance which has lead to new technologies, policies, practices, and cultures within government. These new developments are being led by a diversity of governments, ranging from small cities in Texas to the parliaments of national governments in Asia. This presentation highlights the cases of individual governments and open government activists from the US and abroad, providing a window into emerging trends in governance. Individual government cases will provide the audience insights into how citizens and government staff could increase (with small budgets and just a few people) transparency, citizen-government interaction, cost efficiency, and modern technology implementation. Schacht is an energetic and experienced public speaker with ten years of experience working in the open government field with governments ranging from the Obama White House, to United Nations parliament technology gatherings, to the City of Seattle, to advising 10 Downing Street.