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Yelp Now Shows Health Inspection Data for all Florida Restaurants. (TNS) — Restaurant health inspection reports are public record. And they're not all that difficult to find. But this week, review website Yelp brought those reports to the forefront. The company has posted inspection records from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation on the Yelp pages for about 40,000 Florida eateries, alongside the hours, menu and price range.

"The data is sitting in .gov servers that few people ever visit," said Luther Lowe, vice president of public policy for Yelp. But with no notice from Yelp, Tampa Bay restaurant owners were caught flat-footed by the new feature. "The truth is everyone gets dinged for something," said Jeff Mount, owner of Wright's Gourmet House in South Tampa. Wright's Yelp page, for instance, shows an Oct. 24 inspection citing him for dirty ceiling tiles and beat-up cutting boards — two violations frequently cited by health inspectors at local establishments. "I run a clean place," Mount said. ©2016 the Tampa Bay Times (St. New Republic. Democracy Is Getting A Reboot On The Blockchain.

In 2013, a group of activists in Buenos Aires attempted an experiment in what they called hacking democracy. Representatives from their new political party would promise to always vote on issues according to the will of citizens online. Using a digital platform, people could tell the legislator what to support, in a hybrid of a direct democracy and representation. With 1.2% of the vote, the candidate they ran for a seat on the city council didn't win. But the open-source platform they created for letting citizens vote, called Democracy OS, started getting attention around the world.

In Buenos Aires, the government tried using it to get citizen feedback on local issues. Then, when the party attempted to run a candidate a second time, something happened that made them shift course. They were told they'd have to bribe a federal judge to participate. The idea morphed into a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit called Democracy Earth Foundation. The platform could be used in a variety of ways. Blockchain to power remote citizenship. Blockchain uses a global network of computers or ‘nodes’ to store information so it cannot be tampered with.

The system allows the history of activity to be logged, and Springwise has covered several innovations that capitalize on this function: an ip that enables artists to create digitally trackable copies of their work; and a system that uses Blockchain to certify luxury items such as diamonds. Another application for blockchain technology is voting.

Everyone can agree on the final count because they can count the votes themselves, and verify that no votes were changed, removed or duplicated. Now Nasdaq, the US stock exchange, is planning to use the technology to power a shareholder voting system in Estonia. Estonia offers e-Residency, a digital identity available to people who start a business online in the country. Does this mark the beginning of Blockchain technology used to bypass traditional notions of nationality and corporate governance? Spotted another good idea? « Civic Tech » : des applis pour doper la démocratie participative. Could these 3 ideas reshape governance? We are witnessing a lack of trust in governance models around the world. This comes from the perception that our leaders are unable to solve challenges, resolve conflicts, deal with threats and generally behave in an accountable manner.

What this creates is apathy and a sense of alienation among the population. But more ominously, it leaves a vacuum for other actors – those with other interests in mind than the common good – to fill. Decision-making processes and structures need to change. It is not the first or the last time governance models have had to be rethought. Today, the progress of digital technology is altering power structures as it reshapes individuals, organizations and societies. The road towards 21st-century governance The pace, depth and scale of change in expectations and digital technology make it hard for current governance models to deal with global challenges.

The good news is that we already have a vision for the future. 1. 2. 3. Abed63eb 9576 4a8c ace5 e580d1105771. Prospective : Le Forum Économique Mondial et les trois scénarios de gouvernance en 2050 - L'analyse de cette production est particulièrement intéressante en ce qu'elle reflète des points de vue consensuellement adoptés par les grandes organisations internationales (FMI, OCDE etc...) qui participent à cette production et qui, à terme, vont influencer les politiques menées au niveau régional ou national.

Aujourd'hui, plongée au sein de la section sur le "futur du gouvernement" (Future of Government) dont voici l'introduction : Le futur peut être imaginé de différentes manières. L'équipe de Prospective Stratégique du Forum Économique Mondial et le Global Agenda Council* sur le Futur du Gouvernement ont développé trois scénarios sur la manière dont le monde de la gouvernance pourrait évoluer d'ici 2050. Les scénarios ont pour but de supporter un dialogue stratégique sur les options que nous avons aujourd'hui pour façonner les systèmes de gouvernance désirés dans le futur. - L'équipe de Strategic Foresight (dont les objectifs et le rôle, pas la composition, sont disponibles ici)

Le gouvernement succombe à la mode des « hackathons » Une centaine d'étudiants, chercheurs, start-upers… planchent sur le compte personnel d'activité (CPA). Après l'administration fiscale, c'est au tour du ministère du Travail de succomber à la folie «hackathon», ces événements où des équipes sont réunies pour développer un projet informatique dans un temps limité. À l'invitation de la ministre du Travail Myriam El Khomri et de la secrétaire d'État au numérique Axelle Lemaire, des élèves de l'école d'informatique 42, de l'Essec, de l'ENA, des agents du ministère du Travail, de Pôle emploi, des spécialistes RH, du social, des start-up… sont réunis ces vendredi et samedi dans les locaux de l'école 42 pour tenter de développer des services qui seront hébergés sur le portail Internet du compte personnel d'activité (CPA).

Ce compte est l'une des grandes promesses sociales de François Hollande. «Droit au but» Vendredi, une centaine de participants étaient répartis dans une dizaine d'ateliers. Importer l'innovation au sein de l'administration. Comment l'État a fait appel à un hackathon pour développer le Compte personnel d'activité. Les projets primés permettent aux actifs de calculer le financement d'une formation en fonction de leurs droits acquis et de visualiser leurs « points » acquis grâce aux engagements citoyens. Le Compte personnel d'activité (CPA), le grand projet social du quinquennat Hollande, se concrétise peu à peu. Ses contours ont été définis dans le projet de loi El Khomri, sur lequel le gouvernement a engagé sa responsabilité.

Le CPA rassemblera sur un portail Internet commun les compte pénibilité, formation et d'engagement citoyen. Ce dernier a été introduit par les députés lors de l'examen du projet de loi en commission des affaires sociales. Il recensera les activités bénévoles ou volontaires, afin de faciliter la reconnaissance des compétences acquises à travers elles. Le CPA entrera en vigueur le 1er janvier 2017, dans six mois. Les différents projets ont été présentés ces dernières semaines. Le deuxième projet primé, de l'équipe «Unusual working», est dédié au compte d'engagement citoyen.

What If Everyone Voted on Everything? In case you haven’t noticed, it’s an election year in the United States. But for all the debates and Facebook fighting and media saturation, a huge percent of Americans will not vote in this election. And even fewer of them will vote in the midterm elections that follow. According to the Pew Research Center, the United States lags far behind nearly all of Europe and Asia when it comes to how many of its citizens vote. In 2012, just 53.6 percent of the eligible voting population cast ballots. Only 36 percent voted in the 2014 midterms. Americans don’t vote for a lot of reasons.

You’ve probably heard this from someone before. So what if we did things differently? This week's episode of Flash Forward envisions a future in which we all vote via app. First, a quick history lesson. But at least some of the issues that representative democracy set out to solve aren’t as troublesome today. For example, 46 percent of non-registered voters supported the idea of free community college. D-CENT: The emergence of the Internet-era citizen movements and political parties. The 19th century institutions of democracy, such as Parliaments, elections, parties, manifestos democratic assemblies are in great need of revival since they are out of synchronization with the 21st century technologies, norms and collective aspirations. Network parties are appearing in Europe: the Pirate Parties in Iceland, Germany and Sweden; and the Five Star Movement in Italy have pioneered Internet-based decision-making structures.

Podemos in Spain, now leading in the national pools, is opening decisions up to large numbers of people through the Internet, involving citizens in shaping policy and sharing their expertise. However, attempts to engage people in democratic decision-making using digital platforms are still in their early stages. Few existing platforms have been specifically designed to engage in Internet-scale democracy that goes beyond the limits of traditional corporate social media.

Running large scale experiments with democratic organisations across Europe. Platform Cooperatives and Beyond: The Future of Collaborative Governance? L'open data, c'est (aussi) de l'efficacité stratégique. La dimension démocratique de l'open data, ainsi que son potentiel d'innovation économique et sociale me semble désormais bien compris de tous.

Mais on parle moins son potentiel de transformation des institutions elles-mêmes, à l'heure où la simplification, la modernisation de l'action publique et la maîtrise de la dépenses deviennent essentiels. C'est pourtant l'un des objectifs importants de cette démarche. L'open data, on le sait, consiste, pour le gouvernement, à partager les données produites ou détenues par les administrations ou les établissements publics à l'occasion de leur mission de service public, gratuitement, dans des formats ouverts, et en autorisant toutes les réutilisations. Cet engagement est une liberté fondamentale qui n'est limitée que par le secret des délibérations du gouvernement, la protection de la vie privée, la sécurité nationale, et quelques autres secrets légaux (comme le secret fiscal, par exemple). Pourquoi ? 2/ Réformer l'organisation elle-même.

An Elegantly Simple Way to Revolutionize Government. (Photo: Francisco Diez / Flickr)What started as a somewhat complex mathematical analysis of the game of politics using game theory (the mathematical study of strategic decision making) has evolved years later into an extraordinarily simple idea that would revolutionize government at all levels. Deception is the lifeblood of our political system. A system claiming to work for the best interests of the people, while in fact largely working for corporate special interests, must necessarily be riddled with elaborate lies and deception. Our political system, with great help from mainstream media, is designed to foster mass deception rather than expose it. But a simple rule change to our game of politics would instantly and reliably expose deception.

This would destroy the status quo and revolutionize government. A Modest Proposal That Would Revolutionize Government A government website (or other website) would be modified to allow the public to search using the ID of any bill (e.g. The Obama administration wanted to open up government to citizen input. Why hasn’t it worked? Beth Simone Noveck is the Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Her new book, “Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing,” was published by Harvard University Press. I asked her five questions by email about the book’s major arguments. HF: Your book argues that the challenge for government has changed so that the real problem is not trying to limit corruption in the nineteenth century. Instead, it’s bringing new forms of expertise — including the expertise of ordinary citizens — into the governmental process.

What are the reasons that you believe this will help? BN: To be clear, the word “ordinary” may be a little misleading. The reality of the Internet era is that we now have opportunities that we didn’t have in the nineteenth century, to draw on the expertise of citizens and experts outside the government. Politics monkey-cage Orlando Shooting Updates post_newsletter348 follow-orlando true. How Open Data Is Changing Chicago - A Q&A with Chicago’s chief data officer about the power of big data. United States cities collect data on everything from reported potholes to bus ridership to municipal workers’ salaries.

With all this info at their fingertips, they are perfectly positioned to take advantage of big data to improve their efficiency and service delivery. But some cities have even bigger plans for the data they collect. The City of Chicago’s Open Data Portal, an initiative to promote access to government information, makes over a thousand raw data sets publically available online. This allows researchers, technologists, and average citizens to conduct any analysis they want. Kellogg faculty recently visited the city’s Department of Information and Technology to talk big data on a trip organized by the Program on Data Analytics at Kellogg. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Bassamboo: Who are the audiences for the data portal? Schenk: We see a lot of different audiences. Schenk: What we publish is the same data that city employees use.

Recommended for You. Country Examples Archive - Open Government Guide. Open Governance Research Exchange | Beta. Four scenarios for the future of #opengov – Benchmarking e-government in web 2.0. (cross posted from Joinup) In the context of the study on the new generation of eGovernment services , we have produced a definition and taxonomy of “Open Government Services”, gathered 180 initiatives and carried out a cost-benefit analysis of 10 cases (not yet public). We have also carried out a survey of stakeholders (ongoing) and will host a workshop on May 31st. This post spells out 4 initial scenarios to be discussed at the workshop, based on 4 levels of ambition, from the most to the least ambitious: open, participatory policy-makingcollaborative delivery of human servicesautomated, federated delivery of administrative servicesfailure of open government and back to traditional e-government In each scenario, participants will be asked to enrich it with more details; identify its drivers and bottlenecks; suggest action to make it happen (or avoid it to happen).

The main policy decisions are taken with the fundamental input of citizens. Can you add more details to this scenario? Scott Brison expands on Canada’s plan to adopt ‘results and delivery approach’ Scott Brison, speaking at the APEX symposium for senior civil servants held in Ottawa last week The minister responsible for Canada’s public service has expanded on the government’s plan to create a culture focused on results and delivery in a speech to senior officials. Canada’s new Liberal administration announced a new results and delivery unit to be created at the Privy Council Office (PCO) and a new Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications, to be chaired by the prime minister as part of its first budget in March this year.

Government programmes, he said, should be focussed on “making a proactive difference in people’s lives.” To achieve the government’s new “results and delivery approach,” he added, “three steps are crucial: “First, being clear about the goals for programs and policies – what are we trying to achieve? “Second, having a very detailed implementation plan – how will we achieve our goals? “Right now, our culture rewards those who play it safe. See also: