Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance?
Thursday September 12, 2013, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies &
CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative
Co-Sponsors: California Forward, UC Berkeley School of
Information, UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program,
and the Canadian Consulate General/San Francisco-Silicon Valley, Accela, IBM, Socrata
Twitter Hashtag: #OpenDataUC13
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
& IBM Information Strategist, Steve Adler
Open data, social media, geographic information systems, wireless communications, and mobile devices are transforming the relationship between government institutions at all levels and the constituents they represent. The open data movement, fueled by technical innovations, offers opportunities to increase accountability and citizen participation through greater transparency and by generating more effective, crowd-sourced solutions to public problems. At the same time, questions of access and inclusion must also be addressed. Which groups are enabled to participate by these tools and whose voices are omitted? This one-day conference explores the impact of open data on public policy and democratic governance in the digital age.
8:30-9:00am Coffee and Registration
9:00-9:10 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul Wright, Director, CITRIS, UC Berkeley
Jack Citrin, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
9:10-10:40am Panel I: Open Data and Civic Participation: Examples from the U.S., Europe and Africa
This panel will review the development of the open data movement by drawing on experiences and achievements of programs in select American and European cities and the African Development Bank. What lessons can be learned from previous projects and what emerging trends show promise for increasing transparency and civic participation?
Carole Post, Chief Strategy Officer, New York Law School; former Chief Information Officer, New York City
Stephane Grumbach, Senior Scientist, INRIA
Richard Stirling, Membership Program Manager, Open Data Institute
Jeanne M. Holm, Chief Evangelist, data.gov, Chief Knowledge Architect, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Beejaye Kokil, Economic and Social Statistics Division, African Development Bank
Moderator: Jasjeet Sekhon, Professor of Political Science & Statistics, UC Berkeley
10:40-11:00am Coffee break
11:00am-12:30pm Panel II: Public Open Data and the Private Sector
This panel will feature representatives of start-ups and established companies using new technology for open-government initiatives. In addition to discussing how their products meet the needs of government and citizens, they will explore how public open data can help drive the creation of new businesses and stimulate the information economy.
Maury Blackman, President & CEO, Accela
Saf Rabah, VP, Products, Socrata
Moderator: Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director of CITRIS, & Director of CiTRIS Data & Democracy Initiative
12:30-1:00pm Hosted Lunch Break
1:00-1:45pm Keynote Address:
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
“Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government”
Introduced by Ken Goldberg, Faculty Director, CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative
1:45-3:15pm Panel III: Navigating the Sea of Data Without Getting Lost
This panel features advocates and practitioners of the open data movement from the nonprofit sector. They will provide specific examples of open data projects and data visualization as applied to legislation, campaign finance, law enforcement and public health.
Laurenellen McCann, National Policy Director, Sunlight Foundation
Jay Costa, Program Director, MapLight
Matthew Scharpnick, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Elefint Designs
Eric Cadora, Founder & Director, Justice Mapping Center
Moderator: Warren Sack, Professor, Digital Arts and New Media, UC Santa Cruz
3:15-3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30-4:45pm Panel IV: Transparency and its Discontents: Democratic Prospects and Challenges
This panel will take a broad view of the opportunities and challenges presented by the massive volume of public data now available. How can governments and citizens mine the advantages of greater information while also attending to concerns of privacy, equity and access?
Steve Adler, IBM Information Strategist
Introduced by AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean & Professor in the School of Information, Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
5:15-5:30pm Closing Remarks
Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS
5:30-6:30pm Hosted Reception (Atrium)
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon Valley featuring brief remarks by Consul General Cassie Doyle.
Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS
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Marc A. Levin, Associate Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
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