For at least the last ten years there has been growing support for the idea that greater government transparency and evidence-based policy making will improve the lives of citizens. This is now under threat. In a post-truth world, where experts are dismissed and authoritarianism is on the rise, how do those of us that support openness in government fight back? How can the open data movement work to defend the gains made to date and continue to make our institutions deliver for us?
MappingWorlds is a small team, based in Amsterdam, who specialize in creating data visualizations based on geographic relationships. They have created data portals for the World Bank, IMF, IEA, and UNESCO, among others. Desmond Spruijt will give a demonstration of their work and discuss the elements of effective data visualizations in this Brownbag Lecture.
This event is being hosted by General Assembly at OpenGov Hub.
This event series is for you if you want to apply your strengths and talents to do work that matters to you, whether that means changing careers or taking the leap to self-employment. Each event, you will hear from a DMV-based career switcher and you'll learn how to overcome common obstacles, connect authentically with the right people, and get (or create) the perfect job by translating your unique strengths, skills, and experiences into the language of your new field.
A growing number of developing countries—in Asia, Africa, Latin America—have adopted open data policies and are publishing new sources of open government data. This global trend toward data-driven policy making and development begs the question: What is open data's impact on developing economies?
Join USAID's Global Development Lab, mSTAR and GovLab t the OpenGov Hub for coffee, pastries and the launch of the new report, The Impact of Open Data in Developing Economies. Take part in the discussion with a panel of diverse contributors on the value of open data for development interventions, or follow along on Twitter with #OpenDataImpact.
Voatz is an award-winning blockchain-based platform that enables citizens to vote in all kinds of elections or voting events via smartphone or tablet. Past attempts at internet based voting have failed or not gone mainstream due to fundamental concerns around security, auditability and voter anonymity. With Voatz, using biometrics for security and the blockchain for irrefutability, we are able to tackle all these challenges and significantly streamline the process of voting and identity verification.
Voatz aims to:
1) increase voter turnout,
2) increase the transparency of elections, and
3) combat electoral fraud.
The panel discussion will reflect on the prospects and challenges for open government reforms in the Philippines after its recent elections. Panelists will discuss government-led reforms in light of political transitions, gleaning from a recent G-Watch/Making All Voices Count study of citizen-led reform initiatives, Going vertical: citizen-led reform campaigns in the Philippines (December 2016). These seven issue-based advocacy campaigns involved diverse, broad-based civic and social actors, engaged with multiple levels and branches of government. These initiatives emphasized citizen power, to generate scale and sustainability. Now, the uncertain future of open government reforms in the Philippines raises questions about how citizen power can promote more sustainable change.
Concerns related to national security, international relations, international justice, and economic prosperity can be included in a list of reasons the United States must combat foreign kleptocracy and not facilitate it. Because of the complexity of the problem, numerous solutions might be championed through policy, enforcement, technology, and education. Panelists will present frameworks for understanding the problems created by foreign kleptocracy and will discuss the relative merits of some proposed solutions, attempting to highlight areas in which various perspectives are conflicting.
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Read the takeaways from this event in our January ICYMI post.
Join us for a meeting of the DC Open Government Advisory Group, which advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The meeting is open to the public and will include a segment for public comment.
The media plays a critical role in accountability around the world - investigating policies and politics, disseminating information, shaping public opinion and acting as a watchdog. In difficult contexts, media organizations often suffer from crippling challenges including capacity shortfalls, corruption, lack of equipment, financing shortfalls and a lack of standards. What can be done to move beyond these problems? How are new media organizations working to change these dynamics and build accountability, despite the constraints?
Join the Accountability Lab and the Bush Chicken - a mediaorganization coming through our accountability incubator in Liberia- for an interactive round-table around mediadevelopment in difficult contexts. Jefferson Krua, founder of the Bush Chicken will be joined by Wade Williams, an award-winning journalist from Liberia; and Alison Campbell, Internews' Vice President for Global Initiative.
Please join us for this exciting Brownbag Lecture by new Hub Members, Fair Trials.
Fair Trials is a new Hub member, just branching out to DC after establishing offices in London and Brussels. Fair Trials helps people facing criminal charges all over the world to protect their procedural rights and campaigns for fairer criminal justice systems.
Hub member Rebecca Shaeffer will describe Fair Trials' work and the ways in which the right to a fair trial intersects with issues of transparency, openness, and accountability. These include: the role of trials in shedding light on police and investigative agencies; the right to information and evidence; criminal justice in the SDGs; the role of criminal defence rights in anti-corruption work; and data collection in the justice sector.
Speakers will draw on recent learning and project experiences to explore aspects of this emerging approach, including structural aspects and social physics; political economy considerations; adaptive learning; and programmatic implications.
Calling all collaborators! This is a meetup for anyone who owns, manages, or participates in collaborative communities such as:
- Coworking spaces
- Shared creative spaces
- All other collaborative programs
As collaborators, we believe that great things happen when people get together and share ideas and information, especially when food and drinks are included. If you're part of a collaborative environment, come out and join the conversation and the fun!
OpenGov Hub is pleased to host this Brown Bag Lecture that will delve into initiatives for local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The speakers will be Diana Lopez Caramazana, Head of Local Governments at UN-Habitat, and Juana Lopez Pagan, the Director of International Relations at the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces.
After Green presents the book's main arguments we will have distinguished development experts comment as panelists. This will be followed by a moderated conversation and audience Q&A on opics such as: how the systems and power approach can be applied in very difficult contexts (fragile or politically restrictive environments), and how funders (private foundations, multilateral institutions and others) can and should best identify and support change makers given this framework.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is five years old! What has happened in this time? What is happening next?
Join us for a short lunch discussion with such exciting topics as:
- OGP Steering Committee members on their strategic goals for the next few years of OGP (subnational governments, OGP's strategic refresh, and how we get more ambitious commitments)
- The OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism will report on what the data says about where we do and do not see progress in OGP countries
- Have your voice heard on helping shape the direction of OGP and how you use it.
We invite you to join us from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday, November 16 at the OpenGovHub (location) to help map unmapped areas around Africa’s Lake Victoria and improve our ability to combat HIV/AIDS.
Via lightning talks, short presentations, and a mapathon, you will learn about and contribute to mapping areas around the world to assist ongoing humanitarian, development, and public health efforts, alongside other communities participating globally in OSM Geography Awareness Week 2016.
The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors. Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs, and synergies and to develop integrated solutions to the growing demand for resources. The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus approach is not without criticism, but such multi-disciplinary solutions are increasingly considered the best strategy to deal with issues of water, energy and food security. These dynamics were the focus of an expert roundtable to explore government, civil society, and private sector policy solutions to these dynamic challenges, and the outcomes of that conversation were compiled in a recent report. Please join us for a conversation exploring these recommendations.
Please join PartnersGlobal and the Open Government Partnership for a discussion on innovations coming directly from civic leaders visiting DC from Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Member organizations from the Partners Network, together with leading experts, will present a proven strategic approach to building islands of integrity within local governments.
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This event will discuss the roles played by the civil society in the Philippines in fulfillment of MDGs as well as the OGP and some of the lessons relevant to implementation of the 2030 Agenda overall and the governance improvement targets in the SDG #16. The panelists will discuss these issues based on their experiences and analytical work. Click through for more info.
Wrap up this crazy election season with other awesome people as we learn the final call in this year's historic presidential election!
The OpenGov Hub, DC Unite Against Hate and ReThink Mediainvite you to join great company as we celebrate fulfilling our civic duty (don't forget to vote!) and watch the results of this year's election roll in. We'll have some pizza and drinks and several large TVs on to view the real-time results coming in. Located near McPherson Square, the OpenGov Hub is a great location for any who may plan (hope) to head to the White House later that evening!
Friends and members of the sponsoring organizations are warmly invited and all are welcome to join, but to do so you must RSVP by Monday evening. See you on the 8th!
This PTF sponsored seminar will bring together practitioners from both the health and social accountability fields to share experience and innovations in engaging citizens in health service delivery across a range of countries and contexts.
Voices from the Ground: Global Young Leaders Speak Out on the Successes and Shortcomings of International Development
The OpenGov Hub and Community Solutions Program (CSP) invite you to an honest discussion on successes and shortcomings of international development, focused on learning directly from global grassroots leaders about what works and doesn’t and how we can better incorporate the voices of end beneficiaries.
“WHO IS GETTING THE BUSINESS?” A Discussion on Beneficial Ownership Transparency and Open Contracting Principles in Procurement
Transparency International-USA welcomes you to a panel discussion on the importance of knowing who is ultimately pulling the strings of companies bidding for public contracts. The panel will give examples of how the U.S. government, American businesses, and taxpayers have been defrauded by the owners of anonymous companies. The discussion will explore the benefits from adopting open contracting principles and collecting and publishing the ultimate ownership information of any company bidding for government business. The panelists will also discuss practical recommendations for increasing transparency in federal procurement so as to reduce fraud and corruption.
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Our first Summit held at OpenGov Hub in October 2015 centered on feedback as the Right thing to do - morally and ethically. Our second Summit, held at the World Bank in May 2016, examined under what conditions feedback is the Smart thing to do - in terms of better outcomes. This third Summit will focus on feedback as the Feasible thing to do in practice and will feature domestic and international organizations that are pioneering feedback loops in their work.
You’ve asked for the stories, tools, examples and connections that will help you close feedback loops in aid and philanthropy, domestically and internationally. Feedback Summit 2016 will deliver.
The OpenGov Hub invites you to our latest installation in our Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) talk series, this one focused on e-government and open data reform efforts in India, featuring Raj Kumar Prasad.
He will present on his practical experience promoting a variety of open government and e-government reforms in India at the local, state, and federal levels, including e-procurement, e-parliament, and e-voting efforts. This also includes helping implement the country’s first Open Government Data Platform which links information from the local and national levels and helps promote the impact and use of open data that is increasingly available for greater civic participation and sustainable development.
We're at the crux of yet another historic presidential election that will certainly impact the future of our democracy. However, as one presidential administration prepares to pass the baton to the next, is it realistic to assume that the level of innovation in government that we've seen under Obama will continue?
Join Hub Members, the Center for Open Data Enterprise, at the report launch event featuring speakers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for Public Service, and more. This report is a nonpartisan informational Open Data Transition Report designed to be of use to the next president's transition team and is an action plan to improve access and use of government data and highlights long-term goals to institutionalize open data. For report details, please see our blog post.
Launch being held at the National Press Club.
Join the OpenGov Hub in this public Brownbag Lecture on case studies about anti-corruption in Rwanda and Bolivia.
In presenting these cases, postdoc researcher Nieves Zúñiga will address questions such as the importance of the political discourse behind the anti-corruption practice, the role of leadership in determining the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts, and how history and the local context can affect attitudes towards corruption. The analysis is based on data collected in Bolivia and Rwanda as part of the project Anticorruption Policies Revisited. Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption (http://anticorrp.eu/) funded by the European Union.
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In this Brown Bag Lecture, come hear activist Sam Daley-Harris discuss how organizations can provide their grassroots advocates with tools to create deeper change. In a time when apathy and cynicism among ordinary people and trust gaps between citizens and governments are at the root of most governance and development challenges around the world today, this lecture will explore how advocates of open governments/governance and development can learn from the best of the anti-poverty and climate change movements.
Is data a critical piece of content for your organization? Are you presenting it and sharing it, but thinking you could do better? Data visualization is an important part of many communications strategies, and we will show you how to mix necessary data rigor with a creative approach to achieve engaging end products.
As a follow-up to our webinar, Data and Design: Learning the D’s of Visualization, this workshop will explore the ways that creative frameworks and techniques can increase the impact of your data visualizations and infographics. At the same time, we’ll explore ways that existing data practices and conventions provide structure to guide your work.
Join us at this Women in Tech breakfast hosted by General Assembly. We'll be hearing from three women who have made their mark in tech and in DC. Join us to hear from Bonnie Bogle (COO, Mapbox), Shana Glenzer (CMO, MakeOffices), and Tia White (Senior Technology Manager, Capital One).