Transparency and CultureChange
lays out a framework forchanges that will enhance access topublic documents. Currentmethodology for measuringeGovernment progress is nearing theend of its usefulness.
Measuring E-Government 2.0
presents a newbenchmarking approach formeasuring e-government’s return oninvestment. The Association ofGovernment Accountants establishesa baseline for understanding publicattitudes with regard to transparencyand accountability in
AGA Opensthe Doors of Government toCitizens
Shedding Light on Corruption
Increasing transparency and citizenparticipation goes a long way towardundermining the problem ofcorruption. Transparency in the oil,gas and mining industry has beengaining traction over the last decade.
Fighting Corruption whileBuilding Energy Security
looks atthe paradox of resource-rich countriesthat are impoverished because ofcorruption and conflict. In India, landrecords are vital documents for bothfarmers and the government. They areused to prove ownership and arerequired for numerous administrativefunctions.
India: Revolutionary Land Records
reveals the incredibleimpact computerization of landrecords has had on the livelihood ofsmall farmers.Openness and transparency arenecessary for effective governmentoversight and accountability. The ideathat transparency does not guaranteeaccountability is explored in
Througha Glass, Darkly: What do we meanby transparency in government?
The need for government to tap intothe expertise of others and withstandpublic scrutiny is discussed in
Transparency in GovernmentBegins Outside
. As U.S. SupremeCourt Justice Louis Brandeis so aptlyput it “sunlight is the bestdisinfectant.”
The issues of culture and policy needto be addressed before majorprogress can be made toward a trulycollaborative government.
Transparency in Government
speaks to theses challenges and theneed to engage citizens to solvetoday’s complex problems.
GetReady for Wiki-Government
looksat the millennial generation’s use ofsocial networks. This generation willchange the shape of America’sgoverning processes to one wheresome decisions will be made bycrowds.Government in ancient Athens wasconducted in the public square.People met there to debate civicissues and drive policy decisions.
Building the Digital PublicSquare
describes how the District ofColumbia is re-creating the publicsquare to bring people closer to theirgovernment using collaborativetechnologies.Even today,
Open GovernmentServes Citizens
, as MaryantonettFlumian, the founding head of ServiceCanada illustrates, offering numerousexamples of transparent governmentfrom the public and private sectors inthe U.S. and around the world.Following her lead, this newsletteroffers more of the many stories ofhow cooperation and innovativetechnology are being used to confrontthe huge changes required to createan open and participativegovernment. The range of subjects isjust the tip of the iceberg, and showshow better communications—on alllevels—must be a key priority forgovernment in the future.President Obama’s January 21 opengovernment memoradum calls fortransparency, participation andcollaboration in government. Thesethree concepts have been underlyingAmerican democracy since the start,but never have they been so central toa presidential vision. With advancedtechnologies and creative use of theInternet, a commitment to opengovernment will go a long way towardgiving the public control of the leversof power, and encouragingwidespread participation in the civiclife of the nation.
Darlene Meskell is the Director,Intergovernmental Solutions, GSA. For additional information firstname.lastname@example.org