Recently we published a white paper, Government & the Mobile Advantage, which was loaded with interesting facts, stats, and insights about where mobile data is going and how it will affect government agencies. One of the most fun pieces of creating this white paper was the mobile trends infographic. It demonstrates the blazing speed at which mobile data is being adopted, and the explosion of mobile video. In the spirit of thanksgiving, I thought it would be great to share it in a more compact version...
For a small town, Blacksburg, VA, is surprisingly no stranger to a lot of civic engagement. Next to Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg is home to about 15,000 full-time residents and 28,000 students. A number of local issues drove up community interest in participatory government, and Blacksburg’s technologically savvy policy of open government kept everyone interested and talking -- online. Next they needed to get more voices heard in a common location. They tried a CivicIdeas survey and received a fantastic response: over 1000 respondents.
Over the past 13 years, the Center for Digital Government has been selecting winners from their annual Digital City Survey, creating the most prestigious of national technology awards for localities. This year, with a winner in 9 of the 10 places and totalling 70% of the large population winners, Granicus is proud to congratulate all of our partner cities who made the grade.
With each new generation of mass communication technology, the expectations for transparency in government agencies have changed accordingly. From the village crier to the advent of the internet, government data has gone from being practically inaccessible to real-time alerts on your mobile phone. Today, the Internet is more than an, “information superhighway,” it is one of the most effective engagement tools available, creating real online participatory government. Welcome to Transparency 2.0.
Discussion Involving Neighborhood Engagement (DINE), a Santa Rosa community engagement program, consists of around ten simultaneous dinner table discussions where Santa Rosans discuss questions of ethnic and cultural diversity. This year, with their fourth DINE event, the city wanted to expand the reach of the dinner discussion event to those unable to attend. The obvious answer was to bring the discussions online.
Recently, I had the pleasure of presenting with Google, NPR and Census Reporter about the increasing role of Civic Data in Journalism at the Online News Association. The conference welcomes 1400 global journalists who curate, edit or write for various online news media outlets.
It was about twenty-five years ago that the phrase “government transparency” started hyperbolic growth as a hot topic. Today, that phrase is a pillar for communities and drives an industry of technology designed specifically to automate government transparency. We call that industry Transparency 2.0. Yesterday, I partnered with the City of Round Rock, TX, to hold an online presentation for over 350 representatives from state and local governments of what comprises Transparency 2.0 and what it can do for government agencies.