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By: Kevin Hansen For my final blog post in Beth Simone Noveck's Government 3.0 course at NYU Wagner, I'm forcing myself to tackle a subject I think we may have neglected a bit this semester: the dark side of technology's influence on democracy. Among the scholars and governments following the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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By: Kevin Hansen One of the strongly-embedded principles in our learning this semester was the very much in vogue concept of "flipping the classroom" or flip teaching. According to Wikipedia (a source that is more welcome in this class than perhaps any other): "Flip teaching (or flipped classroom) is a... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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By: Kevin Hansen Six months ago, my colleague Sean Brooks and I had the fortunate experience of attending a meeting at 10 Downing Street, official residence and office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom--i.e., the British White House. Due to security concerns, guests of No. 10 are not... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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After spending my last blog post ruminating on how open data could improve New York City’s taxicab industry, I’m tasked this week with applying social media to the crowdsourcing of citizen input into the legislative process. Specifically, this post is about how to increase the role of the public in... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at CrowdLaw
By: Kevin Hansen Let’s face it: as convenient as the idea of a taxi is, hailing one and the process of making it to your destination can be awful. Taxis can be hard to find. You can get upstreamed. Your driver can change lanes recklessly--provoke angry drivers--and run red lights.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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By: Kevin Hansen NOTE: The following post is based on a phone interview I conducted with Seamus Kraft and Chris Birk, former Congressional staffers for Representative Darrell Issa and founding staff members of the Open Gov Foundation (www.opengovfoundation.org). You can stream the forty-minute interview via Soundcloud below. In October of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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By Kevin Hansen UPDATE: Interview now available at: http://gov30.typepad.com/crowdlaw/2013/03/how-.html. For the second assignment in Beth Noveck's Government 3.0 Course at NYU Wagner, our task was to "seek inspiration from innovators, whose creative yet simple projects are transforming governance for the 21st century." With that in mind, what's more inspiring than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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By: Kevin Hansen For my second post on the new blog CrowdLaw, which we’re launching as part of Beth Simone Noveck’s Government 3.0 course at NYU Wagner, I’m reviewing Russia’s draft action plan for its admission to the Open Government Partnership (OGP). After previously articulating my definition of open government... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at CrowdLaw
By: Kevin Hansen What is open government? Aside from hearing the phrase tossed around with the likes of “e-government,” “e-democracy,” “participatory democracy,” and some tangential descriptors like transparency and accountability, the average citizen has no idea what open government is. Even those at the heart of the open government movement... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at CrowdLaw
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