Please join NDI and the OpenGov Hub community for an event with recipients of NDI's 2013 Democracy Award. This year's award honors "The Civic Innovator," in recognition of an emerging class of creative and entrepreneurial individuals who are using technology to help advance and improve democracy in the digital age. We're pleased to feature a number of the award winners in a conversation about the nature of civic innovation and its implications for democracy around the world.
- Belabbés Benkredda - Founder, The @Munathara Initiative (Tunisia)
- Gregor Hackmack - Co-Founder, Parliament Watch (Germany)
- Ginny Hunt - Strategy Principal, Google's Civics Team (United States)
- Swati Ramanathan - Co-Founder, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (India)
- Vukosava Crnjanski Sabovic - Founder and Director, Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability (Serbia)
The discussion will be moderated by Alex Howard, a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and the Ash Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and former Washington Correspondent for O’Reilly Media.
NDI Board Member Robin Carnahan, former Missouri Secretary of State, will give opening remarks, followed by a brief introduction to the OpenGov Hub community from Nathaniel Heller, Executive Director of Global Integrity.
It’s official. The OpenGov Hub turned out to be a really good thing – and so we’re now heading for Phase 2. On April 1st, 2014, we will be moving from our current location in the OAS building on F Street to 1110 Vermont Avenue, just north of McPherson Square.
Based on our first year, it has become clear that: (A) we love the OpenGov Hub and want to stick with it; (B) we could really use a bigger space for all the events we run; and, (C) we would love to bring in a few more friends and family from the open government world but can’t since we’ve run out of space at our current location.
The most exciting part is that we are building our new space from scratch since it’s currently down to concrete. The new space will allow for a very cool collaboration space - with over 20 meeting rooms, an entire 2,000 square foot dedicated events space, a large café, lots of hangout space – and an even larger number of desks (we will be increasing our current 80 desks to 130 desks).
We’ve been in touch with a number of groups interested in joining, in addition to our own internal expansion, but would be happy to hear from any other open government related groups that would be interested in being part of the OpenGov Hub on April 1st. If interested, please email us at email@example.com and let’s talk!
Over the next two weeks, we will be having four Brown-Bag Lunches (BBLs) on a wealth of topics. Learn about some exciting work going on with VOTO Mobile and the Global Network Initiative. Contribute towards further discussions about open government with Global Integrity and the Open Government Partnership's Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) team. Join a round-table discussion on women in technology, politics, and political engagement.
Space is limited for all BBLs, so be sure to register today!
- Thursday, November 14th, 12.30-2pm: VOTO Mobile
- Tuesday, November 19th, 12.30-2pm: Global Network Initiative
- Wednesday, November 20th, 12.30-2pm: Women in Tech, Politics & Citizen Engagement
- Thursday, November 21st, 12.30-2pm: Recap of the OGP Summit 2013
See you soon!
Internet and telecommunications companies, along with mobile device and networking equipment manufacturers, exert growing influence over the political and civil lives of people all over the world. These companies share a responsibility to respect human rights.
The RDR project brings together a group of international researchers and advocates who are now developing a methodology to evaluate and rank the world’s major Internet and telecommunications companies on policies and practices related to free expression and privacy in the context of international human rights law. Funds permitting, RDR plans to launch an annual ranking of as many as 100 companies by late 2014. Project Lead Rebecca MacKinnon will introduce the project, provide an update on its progress, and seek advice from the assembled group about how to maximize the ranking's impact.
About Rebecca MacKinnon: Rebecca is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation where she leads the Ranking Digital Rights project. She is author of Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom (2012) and co-founder of the citizen media network Global Voices Online. MacKinnon serves on the Boards of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and theCommittee to Protect Journalists. She is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and affiliate at the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communications Studies. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, MacKinnon worked as a journalist for CNN based in China and Japan for a total of 12 years. She has held fellowships at Harvard’sShorenstein Center on the Press and Publicy Policy and Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Open Society Fellowship, and Princeton’s Center or Information Technology Policy. For two years from 2007-08 she taught at the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. MacKinnon received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard University and was a Fullbright scholar in Taiwan in 1991-92. She lives in Washington DC.
Space is limited to 20 participants. And remember: It's a BBL, so bring your own lunch.