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This is the audio of an interview I conducted a while ago at the beginning of the Opening Governemnt project (now GovLab) with Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenburg School of Communication, where he is the director of the Annenberg Innovation Center. The interview has some great ideas for our... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at International Development
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The UN has started an effort to crowdsource the world's priorities for the next set of Millennium Development Goals - a clever initiative, but one that could lead to some trouble. The model of the site poses a series of questions ("What is an acceptable social floor for those living... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at International Development
The Kickstarter presentation in this week's skillshare illustrated an interesting problem with the platform. Our guest speaker, who was using the platform to launch and socially-minded clothing company, had already developed a product and a base, and had in fact already done a series of sales. Kickstarter was a way... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at International Development
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The use of social media to improve international development efforts is a burgeoning field – and many practices have just begun to be documented in an academic way. However, over the last few years, particularly interesting uses for this technology have arisen in improving the effectiveness of elections. A variety... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at International Development
A recent USAID case study discusses the agency's efforts to "crowdsource transparency" by opening up their data from their Credit Authority (read: loans) for geocoding. Over the course of a relatively short event, they successfuly coded the data and illustrated geographic trends of loan disbursement. While USAID has lauded this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at International Development
The Russian Federation’s plan for joining the Open Government Partnership is a bold step – both in the timeline in which it is designed to function, and in the scope of the issues it attempts to tackle. However, one of the primary goals of open government initiatives is the enhancement... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at International Development
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Chris Vein is currently speaking to the Gov 3.0 class about his expereince moving from the White House to the World Bank, where he jumped directly into a open government project with the Russian Federation. He mentioned a particularly interesting anecdote, where (to paraphrase) Russian officials responded negatively to his... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at International Development
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