ACM SIGCHI Executive Council
ACM SIGCHI Public Policy Committee
CRA Computing Community Consortium
National Academies CSTB
Web Science Research Initiative

Wikipedia has a good overview of Open Government
and of Social Media

          • US Government Web sites *
The US Government official portal for “Government Made Easy” – be sure to check out the Web 2.0 links on the lower right:

Government and Social Media – Excellent set of PowerPoint slides with examples and links
Bev Godwin, Director, & Web Best Practices, Office of Citizen Services
U.S. General Services Administration (March 2008)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century.
Obama has new Public Liason office:


          • Non-profit Organizations *
Free government

Open Government Service is a public interest charity established to help governments and citizens achieve more open government.

Concerned that our government keeps from the American public information that we need to make our families safe, secure our country and strengthen democracy, a broad-based set of organizations formed

The Electronic Privacy Information Center focuses on privacy protection
but also has good resources on the Open Government issue

The 19th annual Computers Freedom and Privacy (CFP 2009) conference will be at the Marvin Center at George Washington University in Washington, DC, June 1-4, 2009.

The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation was founded in July of 1990 in response to a basic threat to speech. Whether defending your rights from attack or seeking front-line justice to establish your rights, EFF battles for digital freedom in the courts.

The Sunlight Foundation is committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best congressional watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and Web sites to enable all of us to collaborate in fostering greater transparency.

Potomac Forum, Ltd. was founded in 1982 as a non-profit educational organization to provide a wide range of educational services for government and industry.
Creating and Managing Government Collaborative Work Environments: Concepts and Practice Training Workshop April 23, 2009

White House 2 lets you set your own priorities for the United States. You'll get your own page, which you can send to friends and colleagues urging them to sign on to support your priorities.

This un-conference is about convening a trans-partisan tribe of open government advocates from all walks — government representatives, technologists, developers, NGOs, wonks and activists — to share knowledge on how to use new technologies to make our government transparent and meaningfully accessible to the public.
Transparency camp

The purpose of the Public Sphere Project is to help create and support equitable and effective public spheres all over the world.
Public Sphere Project

The Participatory Politics Foundation develops websites that create new opportunities for engagement with government. Voting is important, but we have a chance to go further and create a political process that is meritocratic, creative, and participatory. We believe that the internet opens an unprecedented opportunity to extend and amplify political voices and actions.
Participatory Politics Foundation

DemocracyLab is an experiment in direct democracy, powered by open source software, and built on the idea that technology can empower us to harness freedom of speech and the power of the vote to solve today’s most challenging problems.
Democracy Lab

The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy was assembled in 2008. Its mission is to recommend policy reforms and other public initiatives to help American communities better meet their information needs. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by the Aspen Institute, the Commissioners were asked to focus on three large questions:
1. What are the information needs of communities in a democracy?
2. How well are those information needs being met in contemporary America?
3. What public initiatives might help ensure that community information needs will be better met in the future?

Three key objectives:

  • Assuring that individuals have access to quality information.
  • Strengthening the capacity of individuals to engage with information.
  • Promoting individual engagement with information and the public life of the community
Draft Report (April 16, 2009)
Public Input at
          • Commercial web sites *
Back By Popular Demand...The 2nd National Forum
From The Advanced Learning Institute's Acclaimed
Executive Training Series For FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL Government Communicators TECHNOLOGY and the BUSINESS OF GOVERNMENT
They run: Tech Insider: An Expert Blog on the State of Federal Technology
which includes stories such as: Social Media and National Defense

But the task of reinventing government is too important to be left solely to the government. Gov 2.0 Summit, a new government technology conference co-produced by O'Reilly Media and TechWeb, capitalizes on the momentum for change and broad engagement, creating a non-partisan forum for addressing the monumental challenges our nation faces. Gov 2.0 Summit is a place for technologists to rise to the call of public service, offering up their internet expertise to its best and highest purpose.
Gov 2.0 Summit - September 2009:

Video of Beth Noveck's (New York Law School/OSTP) talk on Technologies for Collaborative Democracy