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Davenport Institute Releases Two New Civic Engagement Blogs

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The Davenport Institute for Civic Engagement and Public Leadership at the School of Public Policy has launched two new blog sites relating to public engagement in governance.

Gov 2.0 Watch will keep abreast of developments relating to the field of “Government 2.0”—how Internet, social media, cellular apps, and other 21st-century technology affect the relationship between citizens and their governments. Big Society Watch will fol- low British prime minister David Cameron’s Big Society program, a national-level civic engagement effort seeking to enlist greater public participation in service delivery.

“Due to fiscal crises and changes in technology, citizens and their governments are interacting in new ways,” notes Pete Peterson, Davenport Institute’s executive director. “These new blogs offer readers the latest news, information, and research on these historic changes from the local to the national levels.”

Rather than extensive editorializing on the issues, Gov 2.0 Watch andBig Society Watch will re-post commentary from experts, observers, and engaged citizens from all perspectives to provide a “one stop” comprehensive resource to encourage informed deliberation about and evaluation of these programs.

The launch of the two new sites follows the relaunch of the Davenport Institute’s inCommon blog, which highlights participatory policy-making processes and research and delivers the latest information and research on participatory decision making—particularly at the city and state levels.