Road to Government 2.0: Technological Problems and Solutions for Transparency, Efficiency and Participation

Greg Ferenstein
March 14, 2013

The 2012 FOCAS convened 38 leaders and developers from government, media and communications enterprises, localities, consumer/user groups and academia to define the problems of open and innovative governance and develop solutions. Road to Government 2.0: Technological Problems and Solutions for Transparency, Efficiency and Participation, summarizes the insights, initiatives and recommendations emanating from the Forum. The report, written by Forum rapporteur Greg Ferenstein, describes the origins of the open government movement, provides a discussion of the meaningful open governance efforts around the world and then addresses a number of serious shortcomings and subsequent solutions in open government. The recommendations include measures to enhance public awareness and media engagement, modifications to the government procurement process and an emphasis on useful participatory government to help improve information flow, communication and citizen interactions.

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