Posts Tagged: crowdsourcing

Data May be Open, but is it Secure?

“It would be false to say that people are happily sharing their data with us.” That’s how the Department of Defense’s Col. Bob Saxon explained his agency’s efforts to open up government data. For all of its potential benefits, open data also presents security risks to those providing the information. From loss of agency confidentiality,… Read more »

5 Crazy Good Government Contests

Buried, hopefully deeply, in my hometown newspaper archives, there’s a photograph of a dorky 8-year-old me whose mom dressed her funny. (To be fair, it was the 80s. We were all dressed funny.) In the photo I proudly and nervously showed off my award-winning anti-drunk driving poster of a drawing of a girl crying a single cartoonish blue… Read more »

Connecting Through the HUD Switchboard

Switchboard’s mission is to provide HUD’s citizens, stakeholders, and staff with the tools and channels necessary to interact meaningfully with their government in the following ways: By welcoming and encouraging creative ideation to improve HUD’s programs, policies, and operations, and engaging those interested in the process of putting those ideas into action; By creating avenues of feedback for individuals or organizations… Read more »

Try Crowdsourcing: No Surprises on Election Day

It’s no surprise that local governments are utilizing crowdsourcing to solve some of their biggest problems. Crowdsourcing, after all, uses some of the same basic tenets as democracy: where the decisions that serve a body are governed by the majority. Crowdsourcing is being used as a means to allocate budgets, cut waste, and solve longstanding… Read more »

The Connection Between Engaged Citizens and Citizen Behavior

At every level of government, citizens are working to learn more and connect, share their ideas, effect change, and improve services. And despite this growing trend of moving all conversations online, there are many government entities that are hesitant to formally endorse or launch this kind of dialogue. Common questions include: “what if the dialogue… Read more »

Can governments support crowdfunding?

This is a topic quite close to my heart at present, as I’m running a Kickstarter crowdfunding project myself – at www.kickstarter.com/projects/socialmediaplanner/social-media-planner (please check it out!) It’s teaching me a great deal about the challenges involved, and I’ll be reporting back on this at the end of the process. A broader question is whether governments… Read more »

NASA: 400 Ideas Submitted for Asteroid Capture, Study Efforts

NASA received more than 400 ideas in response to a June request for information that sought methods on how to identify, capture and re-locate asteroids near Earth for studies. Industry, universities, international organizations and individual citizens responded to the RFI that also asked for ideas on how to leverage partnerships, crowdsourcing and citizen science for… Read more »