Technology, Social Innovation, and Civic Participation: What's the Next Step?


New America Foundation
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Disaster, fraud and crime reporting sites provide information to civic authorities. AmberAlert has more than 7 million users who help with information on child abductions, and SERVE.GOV enables citizens to volunteer for national parks, museums and other institutions. These are just a few examples of digital tools -- from social networking applications, to microblogging (e.g. Twitter), to recommendation sites like Ushahidi -- that represent the new frontier of technology-mediated social participation. Whether dealing with a natural disaster, expanding health care coverage, or campaigning to make a forest a national landmark, governments and private citizens alike have found digital tools to be an effective means of reaching the masses.

But there are also clear challenges when using technology in this realm, including limited scale and potential privacy violations. Please join us as we build on two recent National Science Foundation workshops to discuss the advantages and pitfalls of social innovation and civic participation in this brave new technology-mediated world.

3:30pm to 3:35pm - Introduction

Tom Glaisyer
Knight Media Policy Fellow, Open Technology Initiative
New America Foundation

3:35pm to 4:10pm - Presentations

Ben Shneiderman
Professor of Computer Science
Founding Director, Human-Computer Interaction Lab
University of Maryland

Jenny Preece
Professor and Dean, College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

4:10pm to 4:45pm - Panel Discussion

Ginny Hunt
Head of Public Sector Programs
Google

Ben Shneiderman
Professor of Computer Science
Founding Director, Human-Computer Interaction Lab
University of Maryland

Jenny Preece
Professor and Dean, College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

To RSVP for the event:
http://www.newamerica.net/events/2010/technology_social_innovation

For questions, contact Stephanie Gunter at (202) 596-3367 or [email protected]

For media inquiries, contact Kate Brown at (202) 596-3365 or [email protected]