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New Voices: The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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New Voices: The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity


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Join civic technology leader Steven Clift and White House Champion of Change for Open Government, for a presentation and dialogue on reaching new and more representative voices through open government and civic technology.

The stakes are high - will open government and civic technology ironically lead to greater concentration of power among fewer, often similar voices or will more open government and community engagement online lead to better government decisions, stronger communities and more problem-solving?

Find out what the numbers say.

Learn from on the ground local examples with global implications.

Online Civic Communicators

Clift will highlight myth-busting research from the Pew Internet and American Life project and share unique highlights from E-Democracy's Knight Foundation-funded initiative that is designed to foster local neighbourhood engagement online that builds bridges across income, race, and native-born and immigrant communities.

E-Democracy's 2013 Team

Connecting neighbors online, from using Facebook Groups to respond to Hurricane Sandy to parents in Park Slope to over 1000 households in just one Minneapolis neighborhood connecting in community life offers hope in an era of growing public mistrust.

Clift will also offer some global highlights about interesting open source "e-participation" trends he discovered in his recent European speaking trip. If you cannot attend, this video of a recent presentation hosted by the Finnish Ministy of Justice and these slides.

Hosted by Special thanks to the UNDP for hosting this event and betaNYC for promotion.

The gathering will leverage content from roundtable discussions hosted in Washington DC at the Sunlight Foundation, San Francisco at Code for America, and in London with Lobbi, on the Pew Internet and American Life Project’s report on Civic Engagement in the Digital Age and Clift’s inclusion analysis.



About Steven Clift and E-Democracy

Steven Clift at CityCampMN

Steven Clift passing out giant roll of bubble wrap at CityCampMN in Nov. 2013. You have to attend the New Voices event for the scoop.

Steven Clift, @democracy on Twitter, is the founder and Executive Director of E-Democracy is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and created the world’s first election information website in 1994. Today, E-Democracy convens people globally on democracy and community online. Minnesota is their primary next generation civic technology test-bed where they mix inclusive mass participation with technology and partner with Code for America to support the Open Twin Cities brigade.

Steven was recently named a White House Champion of Change for Open Government.

Before focusing on “going deep” with inclusive online community engagement over the last five years, Clift frequently stopped in New York City for speaking visits tied to his Democracies Online network. He has spoken across 30 countries. is the global fiscal agent for CityCamp and host of the CityCamp Exchange.


Wordle from CityCampMN

Word cloud from recent CityCampMN introductions

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United Nations Development Programme
304 E 45th St - 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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