Roundtable on Government Transparency and Online Hubs

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Publication Date: 
02/25/2011

Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation release the fourth and fifth in a series of white papers aimed at implementing the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

The papers—"Government Transparency: Six Strategies for More Open and Participatory Government" by Jon Gant and Nicol Turner-Lee, and "Creating Local Online Hubs: Three Models for Action" by Adam Thierer—outline specific steps that community and elected leaders need to take to enact the Knight Commission’s recommendations to expand government transparency and create local online information hubs.

Following the presentation of each paper, experts debated the best ways to implement the recommendations at a time when citizens are demanding more open and transparent government, and as systems for exchanging news and information undergo significant change.