Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance?
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 am Hosted Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 am — Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Jack Citrin, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
- Paul Wright, Director, CITRIS, UC Berkeley
9:10 - 10:40 am Panel 1 — 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, New York City Chief Information Officer & Chief Strategy Officer, NYU Law School
- Stephane Grumbach, Senior Scientist, INRIA
- Richard Stirling, Programme Manager, Open Data Institute (UK)
- Jeanne M. Holm, Chief Evangelist, data.gov, 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
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Panel 2 — 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
- Diego May, CEO, Junar
- Tom Spengler, CEO, Granicus
- Zac Bookman, Co-Founder, OpenGov
- Eddie Tejeda, Open Oakland, Civic Industries
- Saf Rabah, Vice President-Products, Socrata
- Moderator: Camille Crittenden, Director - CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative
12:30 - 1:00 pm — Hosted Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:45 pm — Keynote Address: “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government”
- California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
Introduced by Ken Goldberg, Faculty Director, CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative
1:45 - 3:15 pm Panel 3 — 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, Justice Mapping Center
- Moderator: Warren Sack, Professor of Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz
3:15 - 3:30 pm — Coffee Break
3:30-4:45 pm Panel 4 — 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?
- Megan Finn, Postdoc, Microsoft Research New England
- David Cloud, Program associate, Justice and Health Connect
- Michael Gurstein, Journal of Community Informatics
- Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto (CA)
- Moderator: Henry Brady, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
4:45- 5:15 pm — Closing Keynote
- Steven Adler, IBM's Information Strategist & Chair, IBM Information Strategy Council
Introduced by Annalee Saxenian, Dean- School of Information, UC Berkeley
5:15 - 5:30 pm Closing remarks by Camille Crittenden, Director - CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative
5:30 - 6:15 pm — Hosted Reception: Sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco/Silicon Valley featuring brief remarks by Consul General Cassie Doyle.
For more information, please contact the conference coordinators:
Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS
ccrittenden [at] citris-uc.org; (510) 643-8834
Marc A. Levin, Associate Director, Institute of Governmental Studies
marcl [at] berkeley.edu; (510) 643-6476
Public Open Data: The Good, the Bad, the Future, Camille Crittenden, PBS.org, 9/4/13
Media Advisory: Conference explores role of open data in democracy, Kathleen Maclay, UC NewsCenter, 9/4/13
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to Deliver Keynote Address at Open Data Conference at UC Berkeley [.doc], IGS press release, 8/28/13
Open Data conference in Berkeley attracting world wide audience, Ed Choglan, California Forward, 8/26/13
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to Deliver Keynote Address at Open Data Conference at UC Berkeley [.doc], IGS press release, 8/20/13