Lots of people are working together in their neighborhoods to use technology for the common good.
The folks at CityCampSF do that for San Francisco, as part of a global CityCamp movement that has held free informal “unconferences” in cities such as London, Raleigh, NC, Chicago and Denver.
Here’s what’s coming up really soon in San Francisco:
CityCampSF 2011 will be held at The Atrium, 1 So. Van Ness, Sat. June 18, 8:30-4:00. You can sign up to attend or sponsor at http://ccsf2011.eventbrite.com/
The Twitter hashtag for CityCampSF is #citycampsf, and you can also follow @citycampsf.
As an unconference, CityCampSF will be designed by participants. You can suggest sessions at http://citycampsf.uservoice.com.
Suggestions so far include setting legislative priorities for the open gov movement in the Bay Area, using Gov 2.0 innovations for fight graffiti vandalism, and working on good data and applications for reducing sudden cardiac arrest deaths.
Nearly 200 people have already signed up for CityCampSF 2011, including representatives from the Port, Water Department, Controller, MTA, DPW, Dept. of Technology and many more city and regional agencies. Several SF mayor candidates plan to attend, as well as representatives from Burning Man, SeeClickFix, SF State’s GIS Center, MapLight, the Marin Institute, Intellitics, LoveLand, Code for America, Blockboard, GAFFTA, Shareable, Oakland Local and many more.
Open gov is awesome – it maximizes citizen participation and increases gov accountability – but I’ve recently started thinking about a potential glitch in the logic. What about those without basic access to the tools needed to engage, namely the internet? We risk excluding a portion of our citizenry by not addressing this barrier. I came across a solution. Phil Ting, San Franciscan Assessor-Recorder and 2011 mayoral candidate, has launched a petition to guarantee universal access to internet for all San Franciscans. I signed it here: http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org/petition/san-francisco-guarantee-universal-internet-access and I encourage others to do so as well. Let’s look at the whole picture when we use technology to improve our lives.
I came across a solution.