DC ACM Chapter Co-Hosts Discussion on Digital Government

On February 17th, the D.C. Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and the New America Foundation will co-host a panel discussion, “The Open Government Directive: A Year Later.” The Open Government Directive was established by the Obama Administration in order to encourage the disclosure of more federal information online in a usable and accessible fashion for the public. It’s part of a larger Open Government Initiative that includes the development of websites like Data.gov. The event is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the New American Foundation offices in Washington.

Participants in the discussion are:

Panelists
Tom Lee
Sunlight Foundation

Andrew McLaughlin
Previous White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer

Elana Berkowitz (invited)
Open Technology Initiative Fellow
New America Foundation

Moderator
Tom Glaisyer
New America Foundation

Part of what they hope to address in the discussion are some important issues related to the massive release of data associated with the Initiative. These issues include:

  • How are companies and organizations using this new government data?
  • What challenges are there in aggregating the various data sources?
  • What are the policies/barriers to the use of third-party tools to enhance the usefulness of this new information? And is this new openness helping provide citizens with better access and higher-quality information?

For more information and to register, visit the event’s webpage. Any video taken of the event should be available at that page after the event takes place.

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