Citizen Intelligence Call Centers & Open311 to Connect Citizens to Governance & “True Costs” via Online & Mobile

Collective Intelligence, Mobile, Open Government

CitySourced Integrates San Francisco’s Open 311 System
San Francisco — May 5th, 2010 — CitySourced, a real time mobile civic engagement company and a finalist at the 2009 TechCrunch50 conference, announced today that its innovative mobile phone application is now integrated with the San Francisco Open311 API to send reports from CitySourced directly to San Francisco’s 311 system. 311 systems allow citizens to connect directly with non-emergency government offices.

Call centers for people to find out anything they need “one cell call at a time” is mentioned in two of these books published by the 501(c)3 Earth Intelligence Network (Collective Intelligence & Intelligence for Earth). A product and service system that provides all supply chain information & “true cost” information to anyone (to help with purchasing decisions) with a phone (SMS & audio) is also being advocated (public kiosks, too). This could also be added in the future to this kind of product video screen.

An Open 311 System for the City of New York – a Letter to Mayor Bloomberg
(May 2009)

Open311 – A Platform for a Participatory Civic Infrastructure presentation by Philip Ashlock (September 8, 2009) A good slogan in this presentation is “911 for emergency action, 311 for emergent action.” & Open311 API Wiki

NYC's 311 web portal

San Francisco's 311 web portal

Whitehouse Needing Online and Mobile Crowdsourcing & Collective Intelligence for Decision-Support

Civil Society, Collective Intelligence, Government, Mobile, Open Government, Technologies
Full article

The Next Apollo Project in 140 Characters

Innovators are being asked to friend Uncle Sam as the next good ideas for the government are being sought through social networks.

By Emily Badger

Anil Dash sums up the power of crowdsourcing with a simple question he put to his Twitter feed a few months back. It was time for a new cell phone, he announced. What should he get?

“Somebody I don’t even really know said, ‘Here’s a list of the most popular handsets in America ranked by how much radiation they put out,’” Dash recalled.

Now he had an info stream he hadn’t even thought to consider. And if social media could better inform his relatively small cell phone conundrum, imagine what it could do for the big-picture questions we really want to get right — the questions government answers on behalf of us all.

“We have this disconnect where, as a private citizen, I can ask for my friends’ opinions on something on Twitter or Facebook,” Dash said. “But yet, someone can be making decisions that affect all of us” — a government official, that is — “but not have that ability.”

Full article here

+ (Open Source crowdsourcing web application)
+ Large list of “virtual democracy” related resources

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Denies Access to WTC Collapse Data

09 Justice, 09 Terrorism, 10 Security, Civil Society, Government, Open Government, Secrecy & Politics of Secrecy

Pursuant to Section 7(d) of the National Construction Safety Team Act, I hereby find that the disclosure of the information described below, received by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”), in connection with its investigation of the technical causes of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers and World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11,2001, might jeopardize public safety. Therefore, NIST shall not release the following information:

1. All input and results files of the ANSYS 16-story collapse initiation model with detailed connection models that were used to analyze the structural response to thermal loads, break element source code, ANSYS script files for the break elements, custom executable ANSYS file, and all Excel spreadsheets and other supporting calculations used to develop floor connection failure modes and capacities.
2. All input files with connection material properties and all results files of the LS-DYNA 47-story global collapse model that were used to simulate sequential structural failures leading to collapse, and all Excel spreadsheets and other supporting calculations used to develop floor connection failure modes and capacities.
Patrick Gallagher Director National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dated: JUL 09 2009

(From claims that the above letter pertains to the below photos
+ Batch of 52 photos in zip file (37 MB download)

Keywords: Opendata, opengov, secrecy

Journal: End of Airwave Tyranny & Corruption

08 Wild Cards, Collective Intelligence, Communities of Practice, Counter-Oppression/Counter-Dictatorship Practices, InfoOps (IO), microfinancing, Mobile, Open Government, Peace Intelligence, Real Time, Reform, Tools

INTELLIGENCE ONLINE is “the” single best global intelligence monitor.

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Phi Beta Iota: We've been anticipating this since first pointing at Haggle and FreeNet. This is the single greatest piece of news for the public in this era.  What this means is the end of toll-booths and extortion in local to global communications; it means the end of government ignorance in trying to control spectrum–we are now in Open Spectrum time.  For so many reasons, all centered on conscious revolution, evolutionary activism, holistic Darwinism, non-zero, and collective intelligence, this one bit of news changes everything.

Burning Man: Be There 30 August – 6 September 2010

Reference: Dr. Dr. Dave Warner & Synergy Strike Force in Afghanistan–”Save the Willing First”

08 Wild Cards, AID, Collaboration Zones, Communities of Practice, Counter-Oppression/Counter-Dictatorship Practices, DHS, Director of National Intelligence et al (IC), DoD, Ethics, Geospatial, InfoOps (IO), International Aid, IO Mapping, IO Multinational, IO Sense-Making, Maps, Memoranda, Mobile, Open Government, Policies, Real Time, Reform, Threats, Tools, United Nations & NGOs, White Papers
Strike Force Handbook

Dr. Dr. Dave Warner (PhD, MD)

Ref A:  Cyber-Pass Meets Khyber Pass

Ref B:   Warner to Clapper on PRT Comms

Ref C:  UnityNet White Paper Final

Strike Force Home Page

See Also:

Earth Intelligence Network “One Call At a Time”

Lee Felsenstein Concept for Cellular Aid



Event: 30 Jun, 2010 OpenNet Initiative (ONI) Global Summit–Should Cyberspace be Secured as an Open Commons?

Civil Society, Computer/online security, Government, Media, Open Government, Policy
Event page registration

The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) 2010 Global Summit will convene three high-level panels of experts and practitioners on prominent topics related to cyberspace governance, security, and advocacy. The three panels will be organized as informal “talk show” or “Davos” style format: an active moderator, questions and answers from the audience, and high-level exchanges among the panelists and the audience (as opposed to formal presentations and Q&As;).
The panels will be open to the public and recorded for subsequent podcast.
The summit follows directly on the 2010 OpenNet Initiative Workshop held at Mont-Tremblant June 28-29, which will bring together the regional ONI Commonwealth of Independent States (Opennet.Eurasia) and Opennet.Asia networks. Both these networks will be present at the summit on June 30th.


The OpenNet Initiative-2010 Global Summit/L'Initiative OpenNet-Sommet
Mondial 2010

Should Cyberspace be Secured as an Open Commons?
Le Cyberspace—faut-il défendre l’universalité de ce bien commun?

Victoria Hall (Old City Hall) 111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
June 30, 2010
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Panelists and participants:
Panélistes et les participants:

BBC, Google, United States Department of State, National Endowment of
Democracy, United States Broadcasting Board of Governors,
International Development Research Centre, Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade, Canada, Public Safety Canada, Bell
Canada, Sesawe, Psiphon Inc, Opennet.Asia, Opennet.Eurasia, and more….

Jesse Brown (Search Engine)

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Cocktail Reception/Réception avec hors d'œuvres

Open Data Developments from Seattle, Portland, San Fran & New York City

Academia, Civil Society, Government, Mobile, Non-Governmental, Open Government homepage

+ The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by various departments of Seattle City government.

NYC Council Committee on Technology in Government Blog

+ The New York City Council Committee on Technology will hold an important hearing on open data standards for all city agencies at 10:00am on June 21, 2010 at 250 Broadway, New York, NY (Across the from City Hall). This bill, Introduction 029-2010 (formerly Intro. 991-2009), is an effort to increase government transparency and facilitate easier access to public data. Beyond the ‘good government’ benefits of this legislation, the bill will also unlock City data to enable web developers and entrepreneurs to interact with City government in new and unforeseen ways. Data published under this legislation will be readable by any computer device, whether that is a laptop or a phone, for innovative developments. This Gov 2.0 inspired transparency legislation, targets application developers, startups, small businesses, and academics with the ultimate goal of strengthening the connection between government and the public, while re-energizing the small business-tech sectors. Visit for information on Introduction bill 029-2010.

Comment: Another aspect needed is an “open process” so that we know how the data was collected and how to verify that the data is accurate.

Also see Portland's CivicApps and San Francisco's open data