Government transparency is something that everyone should support.
But, there are people who don’t. Perhaps astonishingly to some, the support or lack thereof is not based on which side of the left and right political fence one falls…or anywhere in the political arena, for that matter.
The reason that transparency is desired by practically everyone regardless of political leaning is multi-fold: a) our government is supposed to be for the people and by the people, which won’t work if you’re hiding things from the people; b) elected officials want to see accountability in their opponents; c) there is no philosophical argument against it that reflects the values of our democracy.
My guess is that the misperception of the alleged political polarization of transparency stems from Watergate and President Nixon’s insistence that there is executive privilege to suppress information from the people, followed by various presidents and politicians who either championed or did nothing about improving transparency.
But the fact is that nearly all the politically oriented public or the politicians that seek their support are supporting transparency and open government initiatives. Take for example, the Illinois Policy Institute, an economically conservative organization that created its own transparency test and last year awarded its very first 100% score to Granicus client, Orland Park, IL.
Citizens, by a whopping 3 to 1 margin, are more likely to vote for the candidate who champions open government. Open government is in our blood, so to speak, and it shows; it’s no wonder that transparency transcends politics. So, how does Granicus, an open government solutions company, address our country’s widespread desire for open government?
Web-streaming public meetingsPeople rarely watch public access TV, but they will watch public meetings online, especially if they can jump right to any part of the meeting. The internet is the king medium for all data transfer, opening up meetings with online video is a major leap in creating open government.
Online legislative research centersFully automated workflow management that drives legislative data automatically onto the internet as soon as it’s ready defines an efficient and open government.
Easily searchable, open, and FREE data91% of government employees believe that government public data is the property of the taxpayers and should be available for free. Granicus’ online publishing models provide more than available data, they provide ease of access.
CitizensourcingThe ultimate civic engagement solution was created by crowdsourcing citizen ideas and priorities and giving a legitimate and effectual online voice for citizens to work with fellow citizens and government to create better communities. When the citizen is part of the process, that is truly a government for the people and by the people.
Did you know that 63% of citizens prefer exploring and interacting with data online? Downloadable files are currently the prevalent mode of disseminating government data. Opening government by putting data online is only the first step. Making it easily accessible, useable, interactive, and meaningful, is where open government needs to go.
Want to learn more? Start by checking out Granicus' Government Transparency suite.