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12 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
010 The Move @ MIT: An Experiment in Civic Engagement
The government's struggle to communicate with its constituents has consequences. Public trust in government is at a near historic low. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are trying something new to see if they can at least explain the civic dysfunction -- if not repair it. The leaders of the effort, Ceasar McDowell and Ayushi Roy, are our guests on this episode of "Go Public." They suggest that citizen engagement has been crippled by trauma on both sides of the conversation -- the public whose trust has been violated by broken promises and government agencies on the receiving end of blowback.
16 minutes | May 30, 2018
009 Governments Don't Always Pay Hackers, But What If They Did?
A new generation of state technology leaders is rethinking the conventional wisdom (and FBI's advice) about cybersecurity. When a government agencies' computers and files are locked by hackers, the FBI advises against giving in to their monetary demands. That's fine as long as back-up files are still available, but ransomware attacks are evolving to go after those, too. At the same time, many state CIOs are taking a wait-and-see approach to widescale adoption of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. On this episode of "Go Public," Government Technology’s Noelle Knell and Lauren Harrison discuss these new challenges and opportunities with the backdrop of midterm elections that have already prompted the departure of some state CIOs.
17 minutes | May 15, 2018
008 Data Is Improving Government Services, But at What Cost to Citizens' Privacy?
For many policymakers, troves of data can seem impenetrable. It can be hard to parse the gathered information, and even harder to apply that information to policy problems. Some cities, however, are getting better at using data to fix problems and improve the lives of people in their communities. A conference in Los Angeles last week -- the Summit on Government Performance and Innovation -- brought together more than 650 city government leaders and employees to discuss the promise and pitfalls of using data in developing policy, delivering services, and monitoring governments' performance in doing so in a fair and equitable way. The conference was also the backdrop for recognizing high perfoming cities in this year's Equipt to Innovate survey, a key component of which is using data to reach larger policy goals. On this episode of "Go Public," Governing's Zach Patton and J.B. Wogan talk about where data is being used well, where it shows promise in our civic life, and the privacy risks attendent in its use.
16 minutes | Apr 18, 2018
007 Managing Citizen Engagement Overload
Government gets more feedback than it can handle. In part, that's because public-sector leaders have asked for it. Public officials want increased citizen engagement. But part of the overload comes from advocacy groups that have launched campaigns to swamp elected officials with calls and emails. Social media has also made it so much easier for amplifying voices vying for the attention of politicians and public officials. Enter the OpenGov Foundation, a nonpolitical nonprofit that's working with Congress to explore open-source solutions for getting its arms around overwhelming constituent communication. The answers to date are incomplete and solutions inadequate, but the lessons from the research have implications for state and local legislators. On this episode of "Go Public," Government Technology's Noelle Knell and Zack Quaintance take stock of public engagement today and the prospects for creating satisfying experiences between citizens and their government. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher so you can take it with you.
16 minutes | Apr 5, 2018
006 A Better Way Around The Cardboard Sign Problem
During our first half dozen episodes of the Go Public podcast, we have focused in large part on technology-driven startups and entrepreneurs working on solving civic problems. This time, we take a decidedly low tech turn with a look at a novel campaign to reduce panhandling in Albuquerque, N.M. One panhandler’s cardboard sign that read "Want a job" caught the eye of Richard Berry. The then mayor decided to take the man at his word by finding what the city calls There’s A Better Way by offering panhandlers day jobs and related city services. There is no app for that. An unused decade-old van in the motor pool was pressed into service to visit popular popular panhandling locations twice a week with offers to work on beautification projects in the city. In finding a practical way to help the homeless find work and safety, it also provides other cities with an alternative to panhandling bans, which were struck down by a seemingly unrelated Supreme Court decision Reed v. Gilbert. We look at the story, popularized in a TEDx video, and its track record on this episode of Go Public.
18 minutes | Mar 22, 2018
005 The Anatomy of a GovTech Pitch
We have been following GovTech startups for more than three years, from their co-working spaces to their meetings with venture capitalists - and tracking their progress as they close funding rounds, pilot and win business in state and local government, and earn placement on the GovTech100, an annual listing of startups active in the government technology market. We followed a trio of startup founders into the mayor’s lair at South By Southwest (SXSW) earlier this month. When the pitching ended, we looked at what happens when mayors ask the questions rather than investors. On this episode of our new podcast, Go Public, Government Technology’s Ben Miller and Governing’s J.B. Wogan join hosts Paul Taylor and Dustin Haisler for the anatomy of a GovTech pitch session. On This Episode: Biobot Analytics www.biobot.io City Mart www.citymart.com Elucd www.elucd.com GovTech100 www.govtech.com/100
16 minutes | Mar 14, 2018
004 SXSW Review: Cities Own the Future
With high power validation from an international colleague - London Mayor Sadiq Khan - some three-dozen American mayors immersed themselves in four days of discussion and experience at SXSW the annual technology, policy and arts festival in Austin, TX. The mayors' wide ranging conversations about common issues - from immigration and workforce to the fight against opioid addictions and for equity - took place in a host city that has been buffeted by a fight over the future of public transportation. Last year, Uber and Lyft were conspicuous in their absence at SXSW. The city was at odds with the transportation network or ride-hailing companies - and ultimately preempted by the state legislature. The big players are back this year with new entrants in a more expansive category of mobility service providers who are placing bets on cities themselves to connect the first and last mile of urban transportation. Our roundtable also choose the key takeaways from the civic side of the conference with the mayors.
7 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
003 SXSW Preview: On Innovation and Experimentation with Mayors Steinberg and Freeman-Wilson
Mayors Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana and Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento arrived on the eve of Civic I/O, a special program organized by the US Conference of Mayors. They talked about their expectations for SXSW, what was going on back home and how that could change, and they seemed to accept the challenge to experiment from Austin keynoter whurley (entrepreneur and quantum computing enthusiast William Hurley).
11 minutes | Mar 8, 2018
002 Cash Incentives and Other Nudges in Public Health
There are lots of things governments do to nudge citizens toward making certain decisions. Whether it’s getting parents to vaccinate their kids, trying to get residents to reduce their energy consumption or persuading high schoolers to enroll in college, governments try to guide citizen behavior in a certain way on a whole host of issues. But what if the nudge doesn’t work? What if it’s not enough to encourage citizens to take a certain action -- even when that action is in their own best interest? In a small but growing number of cases, some governments have taken the controversial next step of actually paying citizens to make good decisions. These places are reimbursing residents for doing something that -- in theory -- they ought to be doing anyway. That’s the situation the state of Alabama found itself in during a health crisis a few years ago. It’s an unconventional idea, but it’s one that’s slowly catching on in governments across the United States. Governing Health Writer Mattie Quinn and Executive Editor Zach Patton talk about it on this episode of "Go Public." Follow the show on Twitter @gopublicpod. Please subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts.
16 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
001 Moon Shot: Helping Cities Solve Problems
Go Public is a new podcast from Governing and Government Technology. Every episode, we'll be exploring successful public-sector innovations and stories of government getting the job done. In this debut episode of Go Public, we look at two initiatives in New York City with similar-sounding names and goals but very different approaches. One is an innovation challenge run by the mayor's office called NYCx; the other, called Urban-X, is a program for private-sector company founders run by a venture capital firm that specializes in startups that solve city problems. Both programs share the view that there are no small problems in government, leading each to embrace a little hyperbole in describing the nature and scope of their work -- they refer to their projects as moon shots. On this episode: NYCx Challenges Urban-X Demo Day on Reimagining Urban Life Miguel Gamiño , New York City Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Goldberg, Deputy New York City Chief Technology Officer Shaun Abrahamson, Managing Partner, Urban.Us Benjamin Schmitz, CTO, Roadbotics Eric Ho, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Good Goods Ezra Goldman, Founder and CEO, Upshift Follow the show on Twitter @gopublicpod Please subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts.
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