The McGowan Forum - Web 2.0 Technologies and Participatory Democracy
President Obama has called for transparency and collaboration. But can "Government
2.0" technologies build a new kind of participatory democracy? On November 5, 2009, a
panel moderated by Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies at
the Brookings Institution, discussed how collaborative democracy can be designed.
Panelists included Beth Simone Noveck, White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy; Mark H. Webbink, visiting professor of law, New York Law School, and executive
director, Center for Patent Innovations; Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder, Public
Knowledge; and Jason R. Baron, director of litigation, National Archives and Records
Administration. This program was generously supported by the William G. McGowan
Charitable Fund, Inc.