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Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

March 2nd, 2010 by Eugene Huang - Government Operations Director

As someone who has spent a significant amount of my career in the tech industry, I cannot tell you how optimistic I am about the future of civic engagement. This optimism was made even greater by my visit to MIT yesterday. While there, I had the opportunity to tour their Media Lab and see first hand some of the forward leaning, innovative uses of broadband that will help to transform how citizens engage. The Media Lab is working on important issues, especially when it comes to thinking about technology and its future impact on society. That is why I’m particularly grateful to have been invited by MIT’s Center for Civic Media to participate in today’s symposium entitled “The Future of Civic Engagement in a Broadband-Enabled World.”

The implications for civic participation as broadband becomes ubiquitous are enormous. Here at the FCC, we’ve spent the last few months poring over the extensive record on the issue. The working recommendations that we have developed for the National Broadband Plan will harness this potential and move the nation towards governance that is more open, accountable and participatory. These recommendations aim to increase the public’s access to both mediated and unmediated information, and to make greater use of broadband-enabled technologies and tools to provide greater and higher quality ways for citizens to engage their government and each other.

We’ve organized our work into five areas:

  1. Creating an open and transparent government.
  2. Developing a robust digital public media ecosystem.
  3. Expanding civic engagement through social media.
  4. Bringing innovation to government.
  5. Modernizing democratic processes.

I hope that you will share your feedback on the speech that I will be giving at the symposium (see remarks below), and offer a few ideas of your own

[Read the full speech here.]

Update: video from the symposium


Eugene Huang: 9/29 FCC Open Commission Meeting

September 28th, 2009 by Eugene Huang - Government Operations Director

Eugene Huang discusses the upcoming FCC Open Commission Meeting and the report being presented by the National Broadband Task Force.

The Gov 2.0 Summit

September 9th, 2009 by Eugene Huang - Government Operations Director

EugeneHuang1Tomorrow, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and I will be speaking at the Gov 2.0 Summit on the topic of "Broadband as a Platform," during a session scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

The Gov 2.0 Summit is tackling some of the same questions we are examining in the Omnibus Broadband Initiative as we develop a National Broadband Plan at the FCC.  For example, our Government Operations Team held a workshop on Aug. 6 that evaluated how broadband can improve the performance of government in terms of transparency, effectiveness and efficiency, and examined how new media, including social networking tools, advance civic participation.

In the weeks to come, we welcome your continued thoughts and ideas on what Government 2.0 looks like, and look forward to continuing the conversation at the Gov 2.0 Summit on September 10th.

Additional information on the Gov 2.0 summit may be found here.

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If you have a camera and a 2D matrix code reader on your mobile phone, you can capture the FCC Phone numbers right to your phone by following these three easy steps:
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Datamatrix and QR FCC Phones