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Talk Into The Big Red Ear and the Seoul City Gov't Will Listen

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, October 2 2013

This is not 'Yobosayo' but it's not too far off. (Glamhag/flickr)

A giant red ear-shaped sculpture has been installed outside of Seoul's City Hall, symbolizing the Mayor and his administration's openness to public opinion and feedback. But citizens who approach the art installation will find that it is more than a symbol. The sculpture is actually facilitating a conversation between ordinary citizens and their government.

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Commentary: Micah Altman on How Participatory Technology Is Changing Redistricting

BY Micah Altman | Wednesday, February 8 2012

Illustration: Shutterstock

Micah Altman, a principal investigator at the Public Mapping Project, responds to Nick Judd's article about the project's efforts to increase participation in redistricting around the country: "It's a good article, even if its titular conclusion, that we'll have to wait another 10 years for any of this to matter, is wrong." Well, then! Read on for more. Read More

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Deal for "Social Media Revolution" Book

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, April 22 2011

Then San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at Twitter headquarters, June 23, 2010; photo credit: Twitter In office as lieutenant governor of California all of three and half months, Gavin Newsom has signed a deal to write a ... Read More

1 Out of 5 Adults Want Elected Official Contact Info on Their Personal Web Pages

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 21 2009

Over on, they're running an interesting dialogue about how to improve the site, which is a primary portal for citizens seeking all kinds of information from government. ( says averages just ... Read More

Q&A on Federal Register XML

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, October 7 2009

Over on O'Reilly Radar, Carl Malamud has a chat with Federal Register director Ray Mosley and the Government Printing Office's Michael Wash, based on questions on the new Federal Register in XML that Malamud collected ... Read More

The Danish Consensus Conference Model

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 27 2009

What with the IT online forum likely to get some attention in good government circles this week, now is as good a time as any to bring up an alternative model the Danish people seem to be having some success ... Read More

Executive Branchers Draw White House a Road Map to Participatory Government

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 9 2009

So much of the focus in open government circles of late has been on political transparency, but staffers from 23 different federal agencies (EPA, CDC, DOE, FEMA, NIH, FERC, Park Service, and more) recently gathered in ... Read More