By Chris Harrison
Magazine: Winter 2011 | Volume 18, No. 2
Since the passing of the Freedom of Information of Act in 1966, open government has become a term bandied about by journalists, activists, and even the current President of the United States. However more than the declassification of state secrets, information access—spurred on by the World Wide Web—has opened the door for a global movement: open democracy. The combined efforts of politicians, programmers and everyday citizens are highlighted in the latest issue of XRDS. From censorship to crimemapping, we explore how computer science can strengthen democracy.
By XRDS Staff
By Peter Kinnaird
By Daniel Gooch
By Robert Aboukhalil
By Vaggelis Giannikas, Ben Deverett
Internet startup POPVOX connects constituents to Congress in a play to disrupt the world of advocacy.
By Joshua Tauberer
Although public information is open, it is not always easily accessible.
By Harlan Yu, Stephen Schultze
The former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful discusses open government and what it really means.
By Peter Kinnaird
The difference between aggregating public data and investigative journalism.
By Sarah Cohen
Using their technical expertise to bring transparency to the federal government, developers are unlocking data one API at a time.
By Luigi Montanez
An overview of OECD's Better Life Index Experience.
By Jérôme Cukier
Making the right decision.
By Ariel D. Procaccia
Technical solutions can provide a skeleton key to unlocking the Internet.
By Dan Boneh
By Mohammad Mahdian
By Robert J. Simmons
By Anirvana Mishra
By Zahra Ferdowsi
By James Stanier
In this article we outline the technological characteristics and features of "smart cities," describe how these are being implemented in the real-world, and explore some of the challenges these characteristics present to communications technologies.
By Peter J. McNerney, Ning Zhang