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Gavin Newsom’s New Book Highlights Open Government Data and the Cloud

Matt Ball on February 11, 2013 - in Projects, Renewal/Retrofit

CitizenvilleCalifornia’s digital lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom has just released a new book called “Citizenville” where he extolls the benefits of greater collaboration with citizens through open data and cloud computing. The book embraces the empowerment of citizens to create apps to serve a civic function, and argues that a dramatic government transformation is needed due to the advent of social media, Internet commerce, and the explosion of smart phones.

Newsom interviews a wide range of thinkers and politicians for this book on transforming government through technology. Crime mapping and Google Earth factor heavily into this greater empowerment.

The title draws on the online game Farmville, arguing that engaging civic involvement could be as addictive an powerful as this game, resulting in physical rewards.

“Our government is clogged with a dense layer of bureaucracy, a holdover from an earlier era that adds bloat and expense,” Newsom writes. “But technology can get rid of that clay layer by making it possible for people to bypass the usual bureaucratic morass.”

You can find the book here.

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