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OSPRI To Offer Course in Open Governance Innovation

November 22, 2016

Short Title: Open Governance Innovation

Full Title: Civic Technologies: Innovation, Collaboration, and Data Governance

Innovation & Entrepreneurship 290

Instructor: Andrew Rens

Emerging open innovation strategies have organizations from private companies to government agencies reaching beyond their borders to develop new ideas and find creative solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. The governance of open data is a key factor to the success of these strategies. There has been a flood of open data initiatives spanning federal (President Obama’s Open Government initiative) and local (City of Durham) governments. These initiatives raise questions of citizen involvement, crowdsourcing, and privacy.

In this collaborative, project-based course, we will plot emerging issues of open data governance, such as law and licensing of open data, and algorithmic justice and participatory democracy; we will also identify social entrepreneurial responses to these challenges. We will co-create open educational resources on open governance through open collaboration strategies like web annotation, booksprints, and crowdcrafting. We will also seek specific opportunities to engage with government, civil society, and international intergovernmental open data and civic hacking initiatives.