An Open Letter to the League of Women Voters

One of the discouraging things of the open source movement was that everyone just ran off doing whatever was interesting to them rather than trying to make a consensus decision about what steps should be taken first. Ironically, once one starts a project, the bug feature list stack ranks which glitches get priority of attention. I wish the League of Women Voters in the US would just stand up a recommendation engine (like or, load it with the top 100 issues, and have debate based on the top ten national priority choices.

NUANCE: Newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaborat​​​ion, Education: Vol. 4, Issue 11: March 2012

Volume 4: Issue 11: March 2012

NUANCE is a monthly e-newsletter published by UbuntuNet Alliance. Key content is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:

News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
A photo that tells a story
Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure
Submissions should be sent to

Open Government Partnership Live Webcast and Liveblog Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:30 – 2:00 PM EST

Open Government Partnership

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:30 – 2:00 PM Washington time

Live Webcast and Liveblog at:

Direct webcast links: mms:// (Windows Media) and (Flash Player)

Share your comments via Twitter: #OGP or #wblive


You are cordially invited to watch a webcast and participate in a liveblog during an event at the World Bank about the new Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP (, launched on September 2011 under the leadership of the eight founding countries, is a multilateral, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to enhance transparency, participation and collaboration between governments and civil society. Since its launching, membership has increased to over 50 countries.

Presentations will be given by Caroline Mauldin, of the U.S Department of State and Juan Pardinas, General Director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, civil society representative for Mexico at OGP Steering Committee. Nathaniel Heller, Executive Director of Global Integrity will serve as discussant.

They will address questions such as why is OGP an opportunity for countries? What have been recent developments and challenges related to OGP? What is the value added that civil society brings to OGP work and what is its role in the process? among other issues..


Robert Hunja, Manager, WBI Open Government

Caroline P. Mauldin joined the Obama Administration in September 2009. She leads the policy work of the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights on a range of issues including economic security, financial inclusion, innovation, and global partnerships. She is also the Under Secretary’s lead speechwriter. Prior to joining the State Department, Caroline worked for global microfinance leader ACCION International and was on the founding team of the affiliated think-tank, the Center for Financial Inclusion. She has also worked on international trade justice at the international development NGO, Oxfam America, and on public health issues at President Jimmy Carter’s organization, The Carter Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Juan Pardinas is General Director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness. Prior to his current appointment, Juan was a researcher at the Center for Research on Development (CIDAC) in Mexico City. He also held professorial appointments at UNAM and ITAM in Mexico and the London School of Economics. For two years he was CNN’s Spanish-language correspondent in India and Japan. He writes a Sunday column for Reforma daily.

Nathaniel Heller, Executive Director of Global Integrity.
Maninder Gill, Sector Manager, World Bank

The Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON 2010) October 26, Open Data Summit, October 27-28

Web Site:

Dates: October 26, Open Data Summit, October 27-28, GOSCON

The Sixth Annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) will be held on October 27-28, 2010 in Portland, Oregon at the Nines Hotel. The non-profit conference is designed for government IT management  This years program focuses on the role of open source software and collaboration enabling leading Open Government and Transparency initiatives throughout the US.  An Open Data Summit on October 26 gathers government, civic, and technology interests to collaborate on standards issue.

Topics: Role of open source software and collaboration enabling leading Open Government and Transparency initiatives throughout the US. Open technology strategy, policy, acquisitions, operations, organizational readiness, exemplary projects and use case are covered in breakout sessions.  Executive Open Data Round table includes state, city and federal leadership. Open Data Summit on gathers government, civic, and technology interests to collaborate on standards issue.

Intended Audience: Pubic Sector CIOs, IT Directors, Infrastructure and Development Mangers, Contract Managers, Data Managers, Enterprise Architects, IT Policy Advisers, Public Information Officers, Public Administrators with responsibility for information technology strategy.  Internal gov2.0 evangelists will also benefit from the program.

Location: The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97204

Registration:    Government and non-profits, $195 until October 18, $250 thereafter, Corporate $295 until October 18, $375 thereafter (fee includes all sessions, exhibits, conference meals, reception, and materials)

Conference Organizer: Oregon State University Open Source Lab

Registration: Government and non-profits, $195 until October 18, $250 thereafter, Corporate $295 until October 18, $375 thereafter
Program details and registration can be found on the conference web site at .

Conference Companion Events

Open Data Summit Wednesday October 26
Ignite Government Tuesday October 27 following conference reception

Other Conference Highlights

Executive Open Data Round Table: The State of Open Government
The conference opens with a panel discussion with government leadership explores the successes and challenges for the open government directive and its influence on state and local government operations, and the role of open source software therein.  Attendees will hear from government executives including
Sanjeev Bhagowalia Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies U.S. General Services Administration, Program Executive,
Mark Greinke, Chief Technology Officer, City of Portland, Oregon
Andrew Hoppin, Chief Information Of, New York State Senate
Carolyn Lawson Dep. Director, Technology Services Governance Division, State of California
Dugan Petty, Chief Information Officer, State of Oregon.
Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, Washington D.C.
Break Out Session Tracks
Open Source Essentials: An Updated Primer for Government Decision Makers

Open Collaboration in Action: Exemplary Projects

Open Source Agency Use Cases: Better, Faster, Cheaper – and the Lessons Learned

GOSCON is produced by Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSL).

Association 2.0

<ed.note>O.k., we all know that the real subhead is “And How Planners Can SURVIVE it” but it is interesting to see that the author omits the only real advantage conventions which don’t take place virtually still hold over their non-geo-locked equivalents.</ed.note>


How Social Media Is Revolutionizing Community Building – And How Planners Can Manage It


By Mickey Murphy, Association Conventions & Facilities,

During a major conference that her firm was assisting, Julie S. McKown, communications strategist, Fusion Productions, was sitting backstage during a general session of the meeting. On the projection screen, rolling along in real-time, were tweets from attendees in the audience who were listening to the speaker’s remarks.

Governor Kaine Announces Results of Telework Day

From Telework Exchange Newsletter: 

Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine today announced that Virginia teleworkers saved approximately $113,000, avoided driving 140,000 miles, and removed 75.89 tons of pollutants from the air through participation in Telework Day on August 3, 2009.

“I commend the individuals and organizations that took the Telework Day pledge,” Governor Kaine said. “The results are clear – telework plays an important role in meeting the Commonwealth’s green objectives, reducing strain and traffic on our roads, increasing savings for our employees, and will provide our businesses with increased employee productivity.”

The “What We Saved; What We Learned” report, compiled by Telework Exchange, also reveals an increase in productivity by participants and reports satisfaction with their teleworking experience.

Key findings:

  • 4,267 employees teleworked on Telework Day – 22% of participants never teleworked before Telework Day; 95% of participants located in Virginia
  • 69% of Virginia Telework Day participants said they accomplished more than on a typical day at the office
  • 91% of Virginia Telework Day participants say they are now more likely to telework in the future
  • Teleworking one day per week delivers approximately $2,000 in savings to each teleworker annually

To download the full report, please visit

NFI Research Results RE: Social Networking – Business Leaders Are Not Confident

<ed.note>While legacy newspapers struggle to find a way to monetize their next incarnation (hint: it's aggregating and/or researching data which can be gained nowhere else than from their subscribing readership — imagine think tank-portal-citizen journalism-distributed computing a la SETI@home crunching results), Chuck Martin has been surveying business leaders finding unique real-time insight. My general impression – how many cutting edge leaders are ready for the global digital enterprise enabled collaborative results-only work environment? – um, not so many. An indicator in specific follows: "Business leaders are not confident that their department or organization has an effective plan or strategy to deal with social networking."</ed.note>

August 24, 2009 – Social Networking for Business
Summary (survey results below):

No matter the title or the size of the company, the majority of business leaders have a low confidence level that their department and/or organization has a plan/strategy on how to effectively use social networking for business.

Sixty-six percent or senior executives and managers said they have a low
level of confidence and 12 percent have a high level of confidence.
Twenty-three percent were neutral.
More managers than top executives have a low confidence level in their
business' dealing with a social networking strategy, with 74 percent of managers
having a low confidence level compared to 59 percent of executives. 

By company size, more of those in large businesses have a low confidence
(73%) that their organization has a plan on how to effectively use social
networking compared to those in small businesses (64%). 

More of those in small businesses (14%) have a high level of confidence in
their organization's approach vs. those in large businesses (8%). 

Of the businesspeople who use social networking, 77 percent use LinkedIn, 31
percent use Facebook, 25 percent use Blogs and 18 percent use Twitter. 

An earlier study about social networking conducted by NFI Research showed
similar results.
Thanks to all who participated in the survey.  

Detailed Results follow: 

When it comes to using social networking for business, what is your
confidence level that your department and/or organization has a
plan/strategy on how to effectively use it? 

Extremely High 02.8%
Somewhat High 09.0%
Neutral 22.8%
Somewhat Low 32.4%
Extremely Low 33.1%

Of those who use social networking, Which of the following services do you use for BUSINESS purposes? (check all
that apply) 

LinkedIn 77.3%
Facebook 30.9%
Blogs 24.5%
Twitter 18.2%
Wiki 18.2%
Plaxo 13.6%
MSN Windows Live Spaces 02.7%
MySpace 00.9%
Other 13.6%

Select responses from NFI Research members: 

- With the exception of LinkedIn, the vast majority of business
executives I encounter have little or nothing to do, from a business perspective, with
social networking sites.
– Social networking is a key strategy for our organization.

 – We currently block and have policies against using social networks
for business purposes. 

Thank you for your input!
If you have colleagues (other senior executives or managers) who you think
would benefit from participating in our surveys, you may invite them to

Just have them go to the following link to sign up for free. 

Follow me on Twitter @chuckmartin1 

Best regards,
Chuck Martin
Chairman and CEO
NFI Research

Carly Fiorina To Go All Mavricky

Computer World/Network World – Former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina may be launching a run for the U.S. Senate.
Fiorina, a Republican, “filed for a tax identification number Tuesday and registered a campaign committee named ‘Carly for California,’” allowing her to raise money for a 2010 Senate run, according to the Associated Press. Fiorina would be attempting to win the seat of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California who became senator in 1992."

<ed.note>T'is a shame she decide not to use the Technotarian ticket and unify as many third parties as possible. We are apparently beyond the point in the development of the US political structure for a viable alternative party based on conservative (and transparent) fiscal and monetary policies along with compassionate, yet personal responsibility requiring (PRR) social policy. Given her global perspective and technology/telephony expetise she could have been an incredible boon to rural economic development based on individualized distance education and hybridized cloud and distributed computing.</ed.note>

On Telework Day in VA

<ed.note>Imagine what the Nashville workplace of 2009 would look like if we ACTUALLY VALUED INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION instead of just rhetorized about it at meetings we drive to. Of course, I should point out the Congress still requires its members to be physically present in order to vote vs. using some web-based tool or telephones. This is ironic since the IRS is perfectly happy to take my tax money — which the Congress will be voting how to spend — over the internet.</ed.note>

The Hon. James P. Moran of Virginia in the House of Representatives:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Mr. MORAN of Virginia. Madam Speaker, I
rise in support of Monday, August 3, as
Telework Day in Virginia and applaud Governor
Tim Kaine on this initiative.

On this day, thousands of Virginians will
perform a full day’s work from their houses
rather than their places of work. This practice
empowers workers who feel that they can fulfill
their obligations to their employer equally
well from home as in a brick and mortar office.
My colleagues, teleworking provides enormous
benefits to employers and employees
alike, as well as positive social and economic
impacts. Teleworking, a practice which dates
to the 1960s and then was dramatically expanded
in the ’90s, thanks to a host of networking
innovations, can save employers
premises costs and office overhead fees.

If all eligible Federal employees teleworked
2 days per week, the Federal Government
could realize $3.3 billion in savings in commuting
costs annually and eliminate the emission
of 2.7 million tons of pollutants each year.
Furthermore, it would provide an easy and
necessary means of operational continuity
should the Nation’s Capital be the target of
another horrific terror attack.

Teleworking can also increase productivity,
typically 10 percent to 40 percent per person
in large programs, by eliminating the often distressing
and frustrating commute to and from
work. For example, it eliminates commuting
costs for employees because they do not have
to pay for gas or public transportation. Given
that the average round trip commute is 50 miles and commuters spend an average of
264 hours per year commuting (66 minutes
per day), Americans would be relieved of the
burden of spending so much time on the road
that could be better spent with their families.
Through this practice, employees are allowed
the freedom of working at their optimal
times; some might be more productive in the
morning while others might be more productive
late at night. Telework allows the workers
to get into a personal daily rhythm and work
when they please, thus maximizing individual
liberty and occupational productivity.
At this time, States and localities all around
the Nation are grappling with ways in which
congestion on the roadways can be reduced.
We could facilitate greater capacity for mass
transportation—but that requires heavy infrastructure
investment and the vision to plan
long-term. We could also build more roadways—
but that would simply invite more cars
and more traffic, while doing nothing to improve
the quality of life for millions of hardworking

Those options taken together do indeed
form a necessary component of traffic mitigation,
but they take both time and money. Teleworking
is simple to implement, economical to
operate, and reflects the many ways in which
technology has allowed the spheres of personal
and professional life to blend together. It
allows for a young professional to care for her
newborn child or a son to care for his ailing
mother in the comfort of their own homes,
without worrying what would happen should
they have to spend a portion of their day in an
office, away from those who depend on their

I am proud to say that at the end of 2005,
Fairfax County in Virginia was able to meet
the region-wide target of having 20 percent of
eligible workers engaged in teleworking. I
would invite my colleagues to take note of
teleworking’s success and stand up for a
worker’s ability to set his or her own schedule,
with the expectation that it will allow for a
more flexible lifestyle without compromising
productivity. Rather than relying on the desks,
chairs, and file cabinets that defined the average
employee’s office a generation ago,
telework allows Americans to bring the workplace
to them, not the other way around.