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Social Change and Technology #2 - Making Legislative Information Accessible

  • Feb 11, 2010 · 7:00 PM
  • Arts Cpuncil of Greater New Haven

Its time for a second conversation. If you did not make it last time this is an informal gathering just to talk with other techies and social change advocates about future possibilities. Our primary goal is just to have conversations that bring together the people in the New Haven area who have are pioneering new ways of advancing social good. Our hope is that everyone comes to the table with enough of a background that we can skip the conversation about "how you starting facebook profile" and dive into the big issues. We would like to focus our second meeting with the large question "How do we Making Legislative Information Accessible and usable?". To get the conversation started, Michael Byrne, who wants to someday make a website to help answer this question will talk about the opportunities and obstacles he sees. He writes.

"Local, State, and National Government entities generate a wealth of research and empirical data every year that defines how they operate. This information is systematically recorded in accordance to detailed policies and procedures that have been refined over centuries. The complexity of the information and how it is stored has created a communication barrier between the institutions and the people they where chartered to serve.

The question I have been asking myself for the past four years, and the one I am asking this talented group is; how can Information Technology turn that barrier into a bridge? The two main challenges are: how do you identify government information that is relevant to the user; and how do you deliver that information in a medium that can be understood by the user.

I will be giving an overview of a concept I have been developing, but I am really interested in what strategies you would take to strengthen our Democracy."

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