I'm generally not one for pimping panels (okay, okay, unless I'm on them), but I really do want to get the word out about this one. The Center for Strategic & International Studies is hosting a panel on "open innovation in government" at 3 PM today. I know—nothing like a handful of government bureaucrats quoting from white papers to liven up an otherwise drab, spring day. But if you're open gov geek (and isn't every red-blooded American?) this is a must-see. It features interesting thinkers ("open government champions," according to the press release) from an array of federal agencies, including USAID, NASA, and the State Department.
But most importantly, Beth Noveck, the New York Law School prof and longtime open government theorist, will be moderating. Noveck broke open gov ground with her Peer-to-Patent program (featured in—shameless plug alert—my crowdsourcing book), and is currently serving as the President's director of open government initiatives. She has consistently proven to have one of the most sophisticated visions of how government could use technology to collaborate with citizens, and her presence in the executive branch speaks well of the White House's genuine belief in technology's democratizing potential.
Appropriately, the panel will be streamed live, and Noveck will be taking questions from the peanut gallery (which is to say, us). Hint: Don't ask about marijuana legalization.
Cross-posted from the Epicenter Blog.