By Ben Schiller – Technology holds lots of potential to open up city governments–if cities let it. In theory, the Internet should herald an era of transparency, civic engagement, and understanding between government and the governed.
- Oakland, California, has introduced a system called RecordTrac that helps city officials handle information requests from the public.
- “For 16 weeks, our residents see our departments and their work first hand,” says development program manager Bill Lutz, explaining the Government Academy initiative at Piqua, Ohio.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital took the “Big City Award.” Its open-data culture has also been a boon for journalists, who’ve published stories about city finances despite Argentina having no freedom of information law.