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LIVE BLOG: Abre Latam, an Unconference About a More Open Latin America

BY Susannah Vila | Monday, June 24 2013

This week, technologists, researchers, activists and public officials will meet up in Montevideo, Uruguay to talk about government transparency. To kick off the festivities, two leading open government not for profits in the region, Uruguay’s DATA and Chile’s Ciudadano Inteligente, are holding an unconference on open data called Abre Latam (Open Latam). The unconference is primarily focused on convening civil society, and is intended to complement the more government-oriented event, a regional conference on open data, that starts on Wednesday. Read More

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In Lima, Peru, The Digital Public Square is a Work in Progress

BY Susannah Vila | Tuesday, February 19 2013

Screenshot from Datea.pe.

When the municipality of Lima, Peru, launched The Metropolitano, an urban initiative aimed at solving the city's myriad public transportation woes, a local NGO came up with a platform aimed at enhancing civic participation by aggregating citizens' concerns and forwarding them to the authorities while the project was still in the planning stages. Sounds like a great idea, right? But along the way to civic engagement, the NGO discovered the fatal flaw that needs to be resolved if initiatives like theirs and other, similar projects around the world are to succeed. Read More