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Adopting an open government strategy can significantly benefit the City by enhancingcivic engagement, improving policy, and improving the City’s ability to manage itsoperations.
Publishing data online could result in new websites and smartphone applicationsthat would create value for citizens, connecting them to City services and their communities.
Providing data can support cutting-edge research on the best ways to tackleurban problems.
Online participation opportunities can augment the “usual suspects” reachedthrough public meetings, providing the opportunity for meaningful communicationbetween citizens and government through a consistant, easy-to-use process.
Competitions can be used to tackle tough problems and find new solutions topersistant problems at minimal cost to the city.Adopting this open government strategy would place the City of Boston at the forefrontof municipal innovation nationwide, and build on its long-term investments in ITinfrastructure and expertise. Most importantly, it will help the City deliver excellentservices and remain responsive to rapidly changing environment.