Over the past 13 years, the Center for Digital Government has been selecting winners from their annual Digital City Survey, creating the most prestigious of national technology awards for localities. This year, with a winner in 9 of the 10 places and totalling 70% of the large population winners, Granicus is proud to congratulate all of our partner cities who made the grade.
Entries in government transparency (30)
With each new generation of mass communication technology, the expectations for transparency in government agencies have changed accordingly. From the village crier to the advent of the internet, government data has gone from being practically inaccessible to real-time alerts on your mobile phone. Today, the Internet is more than an, “information superhighway,” it is one of the most effective engagement tools available, creating real online participatory government. Welcome to Transparency 2.0.
Recently, I had the pleasure of presenting with Google, NPR and Census Reporter about the increasing role of Civic Data in Journalism at the Online News Association. The conference welcomes 1400 global journalists who curate, edit or write for various online news media outlets.
It was about twenty-five years ago that the phrase “government transparency” started hyperbolic growth as a hot topic. Today, that phrase is a pillar for communities and drives an industry of technology designed specifically to automate government transparency. We call that industry Transparency 2.0. Yesterday, I partnered with the City of Round Rock, TX, to hold an online presentation for over 350 representatives from state and local governments of what comprises Transparency 2.0 and what it can do for government agencies.
It’s time to move beyond the FOIA process. Public information is for public consumption, and the Freedom of Information Act is there to enforce the delivery of that information, however, if both the request processing and the delivery is automated, requiring no human resources, there’s no longer a need for the typical FOIA struggle. A number of cities that have successfully automated the delivery of public legislative information are seeing as much as a 95% drop in FOIA requests.
The release of the Sunshine Review’s fourth annual Sunny Awards has revealed a clear pattern: Granicus clients are consistently receiving top honors.
Encouragingly, out of over 1,000 qualifying government sites from across the country, 247 were awarded an “A” grade. That’s a 15.4% increase over the number of “A” grades last year and a 502.4% increase since the first awards in 2010.
Prepare for Sunshine Week 2013 by understanding the opposition to govenrment transparency.
Sunshine needs a light. Nearly half a century after President Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into effect, the spirit of open government still needs public awareness efforts, the most prominent of which is the upcoming Sunshine Week.