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From: Steven C.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:49 PM
What do folks think about this?


With Hurricane Sandy, most of the recovery oriented action was on
Facebook Groups -­ - and that seems to be
where more of the organic neighbor connecting is happening.

IMHO, online neighbor connecting with openness, inclusion, intentional
connections across race, etc. are the number one path for mass
engagement by open source supporting open gov/civic tech efforts. Open
gov/civic tech needs to reach far more people with everyday
experiences or our apps will be sideshows. I am biased of course as a
non-profit in this space. :-) http://e-democrac...­

My biggest concern is that government is endorsing a model that
expressly prohibits civil servants and elected officials from directly
engaging their constituents as a group online. (Non-residents are
banned from participation ... that includes the small business owner,
the place of worship secretary, the school community liaison, the
local park or library staff, etc.). The cornerstone of civic
engagement in our http://beneighbor...­ effort is encouraging city
council members and their staff to engage their constituents "in
public" online.

We want the bellman to be as welcome as the residents right? Or are
Silicon Valley style virtual gated communities the way to go?

Steven Clift - http://stevenclif...­
  Executive Director - http://E-Democrac...­
  Tel/Text: [masked]

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