If you’re interested in the public interactions among government, technology, social networks and freedom of information, you might want to check out the Gov2.0a conference at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City on May 6-7.
I’ll be presenting on a panel about the media’s role in the Government 2.0 movement.
Other confirmed speakers are the state’s new chief information officer, Alex Pettit, as well as Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Ryan Kiesel, D-Seminole. At the local government level will be Zach Nash with the city of Oklahoma City, Matt Mueller from Guthrie and Dustin Haisler from Manor, Texas.
Check out the full list of speakers and sessions here.
Also, all conference attendees will get a free copy of the Open Government book published by O’Reilly. (It’s also available as an iPhone app here.) Co-author Laurel Ruma is one of the speakers at the conference.
The prices for passes and dinner tickets to the conference range from $49 to $99 before April 30. After that, they range from $99 to $159.
In other Gov 2.0 news, the Oklahoma House of Representatives last week passed an amendment to Senate Bill 1759, which would expand the state’s efforts to put government information online. The amendment, by Rep. Murphey, followed an earlier effort that fell short. SB 1759 now heads back to the Senate for consideration.
In an e-mail, Murphey said SB 1759 goes much further than his earlier bill. Here’s how he summarized the main points of the proposal:
1. Establish standardized social media and limited liability polices for state agencies.
2. The standardization of interfaces for the utilization of state government services through web-based access. (Such as the 311 open source standards.)
3. Require data set publication and APIs to interface with the data sets with a focus on pushing out the data which is most often requested through open records requests.
4. Establish an application process by which developers and members of the public can ask the board to require new data feeds.
Meanwhile, in Washington today, a bipartisan group of lawmakers organized the first Transparency Caucus, which will attempt to pass laws requiring certain government information to be posted online. That effort is being supported by the Sunlight Foundation, a government and technology “think tank.”
Written by Paul Monies