Alissa Black shares her reflections on November’s Mozilla Festival, and how the open web can facilitate trust, engagement, and collaboration between government and citizens:
In early November the Mozilla Festival brought together journalists, coders, hackers, and others interested in the open web to discuss topics such as open journalism, citizen science, and digital art. The festival is significant to civic innovation because openness is the cornerstone to public participation, transparency, and collaboration. Engagement and collaboration require trust and that is often a critical missing element between residents and government. However, openness and a willingness to engage and meet people where they are can establish a level of trust that makes engagement and collaboration a possibility for citizens and local governments.
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