Local governments across the nation are making their records, decisions and other vital information more accessible to the public, writes Computer World magazine. And Oakland County’s innovative methods to engage the community and promote accountability earned the county some major kudos in this article.
… Oakland County executives decided to
maximize delivery of information by leveraging appropriate channels and
resources. For example, the county is sharing information with citizens
through a network of “Net Volunteers,” citizens who access official
government information and then blog about this information to further
share with other citizens. This not only relieves government from this
task but engages the public in spreading critical, authentic government
news to interested citizens who may not access it otherwise.
In the end, the article says, a more open government is a “Smart Government”. Read more here.