Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice

Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice
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    Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice
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    Daniel Lathrop, Laurel Ruma
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    1 edition
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    February 26, 2010
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    432 pages
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Book Description
In a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to achieve and direct this emerging world of online collaboration, transparency, and participation.
Contributions and topics include:
  • Beth Simone Noveck, U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for open government, "The Single Point of Failure"
  • Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, "All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data"
  • Aaron Swartz, cofounder of,, and, "When Is Transparency Useful?"
  • Ellen S. Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, "Disrupting Washington's Golden Rule"
  • Carl Malamud, founder of Public.Resource.Org, "By the People"
  • Douglas Schuler, president of the Public Sphere Project, "Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence"
  • Howard Dierking, program manager on Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet Web platform team, "Engineering Good Government"
  • Matthew Burton, Web entrepreneur and former intelligence analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency, "A Peace Corps for Programmers"
  • Gary D. Bass and Sean Moulton, OMB Watch, "Bringing the Web 2.0 Revolution to Government"
  • Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, "Defining Government 2.0: Lessons Learned from the Success of Computer Platforms"
Open Government editors:
Daniel Lathrop is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post Intelligencer who's covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida, and Washington D.C. He's a specialist in campaign finance and "computer-assisted reporting" -- the practice of using data analysis to report the news.

Laurel Ruma is the Gov 2.0 Evangelist at O'Reilly Media. She is also co-chair for the Gov 2.0 Expo.


Chapter 1, A Peace Corps for Programmers
Chapter 2, Government As a Platform
Chapter 3, By the People
Chapter 4, The Single Point of Failure
Chapter 5, Engineering Good Government
Chapter 6, Enabling Innovation for Civic Engagement
Chapter 7, Online Deliberation and Civic Intelligence
Chapter 8, Open Government and Open Society
Chapter 9, “You Can Be the Eyes and Ears”: Barack Obama and the Wisdom of Crowds
Chapter 10, Two-Way Street: Government with the People
Chapter 11, Citizens’ View of Open Government
Chapter 12, After the Collapse: Open Government and the Future of Civil Service
Chapter 13, Democracy, Under Everything
Chapter 14, Emergent Democracy
Chapter 15, Case Study: Tweet Congress
Chapter 16, Entrepreneurial Insurgency: Republicans Connect With the American People
Chapter 17, Disrupting Washington’s Golden Rule
Chapter 18, Case Study:
Chapter 19, Case Study:
Chapter 20, Case Study:
Chapter 21, Going 2.0: Why Opted for Full Frontal Data Sharing
Chapter 22, All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data
Chapter 23, Case Study: Many Eyes
Chapter 24, My Data Can’t Tell You That
Chapter 25, When Is Transparency Useful?
Chapter 26, Transparency Inside Out
Chapter 27, Bringing the Web 2.0 Revolution to Government
Chapter 28, Toads on the Road to Open Government Data
Chapter 29, Open Government: The Privacy Imperative
Chapter 30, Freedom of Information Acts: Promises and Realities
Chapter 31, Gov→Media→People
Chapter 32, Open Source Software for Open Government Agencies
Chapter 33, Why Open Digital Standards Matter in Government
Chapter 34, Case Study:

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