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By Kristi Arbogast, Communications and Operations Associate at Open Gov Hub
Over the course of three days at a conference center next to the beautiful Lake Ontario, over 2,500 people gathered to discuss and debate some of the most pressing topics relating to human rights in the digital age.
I went to represent Open Gov Hub and to act as a bridge between our opengov community and the digital rights community I have long researched. Here are my 4 takeaways from the various panels I attended on bots, governance, data privacy, artificial intelligence for the Sustainable Development Goals, and algorithmic accountability.
The Open Gov Hub convened leading experts to discuss why so many governments struggle to deliver basic services to their people, and how international development practitioners can better support the building of governments’ capacities, in light of the recent book Building State Capability.
Open Gov Hub piloted this study visit for representatives from local municipalities across Albania to learn how to make their government more open, accountable, and responsive to their citizens. The goals of this program were to facilitate peer learning between the mayors, DC area municipalities, and global leaders in the opengov field. The Albanian Mayors also took part in an Introduction to Open Government training curriculum that the Open Gov hub is developing.