TRANSPARENCY & CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT



Developed with Cal Poly students, the hi-tech online platform launched by Gavin Newsom and Sam Blakeslee opens Capitol insider knowledge to citizens, reporters, and small advocacy groups statewide. Digital Democracy uses voice and facial recognition, data mining and natural language processing to offer Californians access to state legislative hearings with a Google-like search, and allows users to identify key capitol players and their connections to campaigns, interest groups, and other legislative actions.

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The California State Lands Commission and OpenGov.com launched a new budget visualization website that presents the department's entire financial picture so California residents can understand how the government works for them by seeing how the state administers oil and gas contracts, mineral royalties, and leasing programs. This was the first use of the popular financial transparency platform by a state agency in the country.

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Developed by the office of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom with the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative at UC Berkeley, the "California Report Card" (CRC) was a 2014 pilot project that aims to increase public engagement with political issues and to help leaders at all levels stay informed about the changing opinions and priorities of their constituents.

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The prototype mobile-friendly website website - launch by the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative at UC Berkeley in collaboration with the Office of the Lt. Governor - emerged from the California Rerport Card. It uses six quick questions to show visitors how they compare with others and gathers input on how California could become better prepared for a major earthquake.

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