Lt. Gov. Newsom to Deliver Keynote Address at Open Data Conference

Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom
September 11, 2013

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Steven Adler, IBM’s Information Strategist and Chair of IBM Information Stategy Council, will be the featured keynote speakers at the upcoming conference: "Can 'Open Data' Improve Democratic Governance?" The conference is open to the public and runs from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in the Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, on the Berkeley campus. To register for the conference (required as seating is limited), please visit:

The conference explores the impact of open data on public policy and democratic governance in the digital age. 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? 

The conference features leading experts from the United States and abroad addressing all aspects of the open data movement as a means to increase transparency and civic participation. Twenty-seven speakers and participants will include representatives from all levels of government, software firms and start-ups, nonprofit and public interest organizations, and academia with the goal of examining best practices and the challenges to safeguard privacy, equity and access in the public sector’s information economy. 

The conference is being organized by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and CITRIS Data & Democracy Initiative in a unique collaboration between Berkeley’s social science and engineering sectors. Co-sponsors also include: California Forward, UC Berkeley School of Information, UC Berkeley Canadian Studies Program, and the Canadian Consulate General/San Francisco-Silicon Valley. 

Some of the prominent speakers include the following:

  • Gavin Newsom, California Lieutenant Governor
  • Steven Adler, IBM’s Information Strategist & Chair- IBM Information Strategy Council
  • Carole Post, Former Chief Information Officer for the City of New York
  • Jeanne M. Holm, Chief Evangelist,
  • Beejaye Kokil, African Development Bank
  • Zac Bookman, Co-Founder, Open Gov
  • Tom Spengler, CEO, Granicus
  • Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • Laurenellen McCann, National Policy Director, Sunlight Foundation
  • Jay Costa, Program Director, MapLight
  • Henry Brady, Dean, UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy
  • Annalee Saxenian, Dean, UC Berkeley, School of Information