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Can "Open Government" Bridge the Partisan Divide?

Check out the July 20th article by John Geraci in the Huffington Post called The New Axis in Politics, or, What Obama Meant When He Said ‘Change’. Here’s an excerpt…

Since the advent of the U.S. government the political field has existed along one axis. Left to right, liberal to conservative — all political action, expression and viewpoint fell somewhere along that single line.

Suddenly though there’s a new idea about governance taking root, one that is not inherently liberal or centrist or conservative, and in fact appeals to all camps equally. This is the new axis that has appeared in the political field, and it is the idea of open government.

Open government — the notion that all government data should be open and accessible to everyone, and, taken a step further, that that data should be writable by anyone — meaning I can not only get data from government but I can input data to government — is a game-changing notion that defies old ideas of liberal vs conservative.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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