On Friday, May 19, 2017, we had the opportunity to meet with Greg hermann, Assistant to the City Manager in charge of special projects and e-government initiatives. Our meeting were held at San Luis Obispo City Hall at 990 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA. In the meeting, Greg talked to us about Civic technology and E-government, its benefits and different ways and apps that different States of America use to communicate with their communities. For example, he talked about open government in the city of San Luis Obispo, CA for public using.
Here is three main takeaways of the presentation.
1- connecting citizens and governments; Making the government data available for majority of community.
It is a great opportunity for public to access the government ongoing projects, some of the city data and records. Furthermore, the government can talk with the community online and get their feedback and concerns beside gathering some statistics information with a few cost.
2- Helping government to the processes and data gathering; E-government is a tool for gathering data from a large number of people who they cannot participate in the process of decision-making.
Sometimes citizens have interest to be part of planning and decision-making process, but they do not have the chance to participate in person because of their availability times and other issues. Civic-Tech is a tool to help these people to be part of their government for its decisions while they do it in their own time. Likewise, the governments can gather a great number of opinions from citizens and get more appropriate decisions for their citizens.
3- Transparency with public; Civic-Tech is a tool for governments to notify their citizens about the futures.
Citizens have the right to know about the future of their cities. Civic-Tech provides this opportunity for governments to interact with their citizens and being transparent about their upcoming decisions.