TXGov2.0Camp: Making Transparency Work

Texas Government 2.0 Camp

Collaborative Conference to Explore Open Government Best Practices

AUSTIN, Texas, January 10, 2011 – In collaboration with local and state government officials, advocacy groups and private industry, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and EFF-Austin will present Texas Government 2.0 Camp (TXGov2.0Camp): Making Transparency Work on Jan 28 and 29 at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus.

TXGov2.0Camp will bring together leading thinkers from all levels of government, academia, media and industry to explore the best ways to make open government in Texas work for everyone.

Organized in part by LBJ School of Public Affairs graduate students, this conference will serve as an extension of a previously existing LBJ School policy research project on state finance and online transparency.

The policy research project was designed to analyze what is and should be available online regarding state government finances in the United States,” said Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School lecturer, former Texas state representative, and faculty sponsor for the project. “This conference offers an excellent opportunity for my students to interact with the people on the ground on this issue, to be involved directly with advocates, government officials and members of the media as they champion and work towards a mutual goal of a transparent government.”

The first day of the conference will include a student panel where members of the state finance and online transparency course will present their research. Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief for the Texas Tribune, will deliver the keynote address from 1 to 2 p.m.

The first afternoon panel, titled Transparency and Open Government, will include Dustin Haisler, Director of Government Innovation for Spigit and Jon Lee of the Texas Department of Information Resources. The second panel, titled Social Media and Government, will feature Julia Gregory and Lydia Saldana of Texas Parks and Wildlife and Jon Lebowsky of Plutopia Productions.

The second day of the Texas Government 2.0 Camp will be an “unconference” event building on the presentations and panels from the day before. Where a conference is a formally structured event with an agenda set in advance, an unconference is a more loosely structured event where the participants determine the agenda collaboratively.  Anyone can volunteer to lead a session on any relevant topic. Examples of sessions already suggested are the implications of Wikileaks, open Internet, government use of technology and community technology.

Tickets are $10, which covers lunch on the first day, and can be purchased online at http://txgov20.org/. Wireless Internet will be available. For those following the event or twitter or those who would like to tweet about the event, the hash tag for the event is #TxGov20.

EFF-Austin advocates establishment and protection of digital rights and defense of the wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology. EFF-Austin also promotes the right of all citizens to communicate and share information without unreasonable constraint as well as the fundamental right to explore, tinker, create, and innovate along the frontier of emerging technologies.

For more information on the event, including an agenda and registration information, please visit: http://txgov20.org/

TXGov20Camp

Texas Government 2.0 Camp (TXGov20Camp)

EFF-Austin, working with the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, is helping organize the Texas Government 2.0 Camp on January 28-29 at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus. You can see more about the event here: http://txgov20.org/

“The Texas Government 2.0 Camp will bring together leading thinkers from all levels of government, academia, media and industry to explore the best ways to make Open Government work for everyone. They will share initiatives already in progress and collaborate on how to leverage social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more collaborative, efficient and effective government. Though the possibilities seem endless, resources are often in short supply and by harnessing the power of new technologies governments do more than ever before.”

Join us! You can register here.

Open Internet

Numerous Internet and technology leaders issued a joint statement this week encouraging the FCC to expand its recent analysis of open Internet policy in a newly fruitful direction.

In the statement, they commend the agency’s recent request for input on “Two Underdeveloped Issues in the Open Internet Proceeding” for its making possible greater recognition of the nature and benefits of the open Internet — in particular, as compared to “specialized services.” In response to the FCC’s request, their submission illustrates how this distinction dispels misconceptions and helps bring about more constructive insight and understanding in the “net neutrality” policy debate.

Longtime network and computer architecture expert David Reed comments in a special blog posting: “It is historic and critical [to] finally recognize the existence of ‘the Open Internet’ as a living entity that is distinct from all of the services and the Bureaus, all of the underlying technologies, and all of the services into which the FCC historically has partitioned little fiefdoms of control.”

Another signer, John Furrier of SiliconANGLE, has publicized the statement, stating “the future Internet needs to remain open in order to preserve entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Jon Lebkowsky, President of EFF-Austin, was one of the signers of the statement. His post about it is here.

Other relevant links:
The Joint Statement: On Advancing the Open Internet by Distinguishing it From Specialized Services:

David Reed: A Statement from Various Advocates for an Open Internet – Why I Signed on:
http://www.reed.com/blog-dpr/?p=47

SiliconANGLE Exclusive: Big Name Industry Pioneers & Experts Push FCC for Open Internet:
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2010/11/05/big-name-industry-pioneers-experts-push-fcc-for-open-internet/

The FCC’s Request for Input: Further Inquiry into Two Under-Developed Issues in the Open Internet Proceeding:
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2010/db0901/DA-10-1667A1.pdf

Paul Jones: Identifying the Internet (for the FCC)
http://ibiblio.org/pjones/blog/identifying-the-internet/

Brough Turner/Netblazr: Seeking Federal Recognition for the Open Internet
http://netblazr.com/node/451

David Weinberger: Identifying the Internet
http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/2010/11/05/identifying-the-internet/

Exclusive: Big Name Industry Pioneers & Experts Push FCC for Open Internet
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2010/11/05/big-name-industry-pioneers-experts-push-fcc-for-open-internet/

David Isenberg: Towards an Open Internet
http://isen.com/blog/2010/11/towards-an-open-internet/

Kenneth Carter: http://kennethrcarter.com/CoolStuff/2010/11/defining-the-open-internet/

Robin Chase: The Internet is not Triple Play
http://networkmusings.blogspot.com/2010/11/internet-is-not-triple-play.html

Who signed?
Bill St. Arnaud, Green IT Consultant, St. Arnaud-Walker and Associates Inc
Scott Bradner, Harvard University, long time IETF and ISOC participant,
ARIN board member and Network World columnist
Dave Burstein, Editor, DSL Prime
Kenneth Carter, Senior Research Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School
Robin Chase, CEO Meadow Networks, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, member, Dept of Commerce National Advisory Committee for Innovation and Entrpreneurship
Gordon Cook, Editor and publisher of The Cook Report on Internet Protocol, Technology, Economics and Policy since 1992
Bob Frankston, Telecommunications Analyst and Visionary
John Furrier, Founder Broadband Developments, Inc; and Founder Editor of SiliconANGLE.com
Gene Gaines, Gaines Group, telecommunications engineer, Open Internet activist
Robert Gregory, BSEE UCB, I.T. Director for a non-profit human services agency, and BSD, open source and IP network evangelist since 1980.
Dewayne Hendricks, CEO, Tetherless Access
Paul Hyland, CTO, Digital Operations, Education Week; member, USACM Council
David S. Isenberg, Ph. D., Principal Prosultant(sm), isen.com, LLC, former Senior Advisor to FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative, and Author, “Rise of the Stupid Network”
Seth P. Johnson, Information Quality Specialist
Paul Jones, ibiblio.org and University of North Carolina
Dean Landsman, Digital Strategist/Connectivity Consultant. President: Landsman Communications Group
Jon Lebkowsky, President, EFF-Austin
Andrew Lippman, Sr Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab, associate director
Michael Maranda, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance
Sascha Meinrath, Director, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation; Co-Founder, MeasurementLab.net
John T. Mitchell, Interaction Law
Steve Mossbrook, Founder and CEO, Wyoming.com
Bruce Perens, co-founder of the Open Source movement in software
Tim Pozar, Telecommunications Engineer and Community Broadband Activist
David P. Reed, Ph.D., Participant in the original design of the Internet Protocols and well-known expert in network and computing architecture
Clay Shirky, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University
Jay Sulzberger, Consulting statistician
Robb Topolski, Adjunct Technologist, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
Brough Turner, Founder, netBlazr Inc., co-founder & former CTO of NMS Communications and of Natural MicroSystems, open spectrum advocate and lecturer on 3G/4G wireless
John G. Waclawsky Ph.D., Technology Advisor and Consultant, Chicago and Washington
David Weinberger, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc., Member, National Academy of Engineers