Are you aware of the array of obstacles facing America's broadband policy? Richard Whitt covers how the national broadband plan was affected by the economic meltdowns of 2008 and 2009, court decisions, and other moving parts impacting the future success or failure of America's broadband roll-out efforts.
Spectrum, according to Michael Calabrese, is an infinitely renewable resource. However, exclusive use, auctions, and large corporations lead to a massively inefficient use of that spectrum for communication. In this talk, the Vice President and Director of the Wireless Future Program presents how spectrum has been divided, discusses contemporary difficulties, and suggests a few solutions that would lead to opportunistic and efficient usage of air space.
Dr. Moira Gunn learns about the challenge of getting essential medicine to all people while navigating through the legal guarantees of drugs patents, from WTO reps, Keith Rockwell and Antony Taubman.
In the face of Hurricane Irene, New York City's website was overwhelmed by residents checking evacuation plans and searching for updates. Fortunately, the data on flood zones were available from other sources on the web. Rachel Sterne heads the City of New York's digital efforts. From providing WiFi in parks and libraries, supporting digital training for the underprivileged, running app competitions, making interagency connections, to setting up FAQs on Facebook and running Twitter hashtags, New York City government is connected.
This audio interview from the Environmental Defense Fund's Future of Green Calls covers complex interactions of the philanthropy sector, socially conscientious nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses with FSG Co-Founder Mark Kramer. Kramer outlines how corporate social responsibility (CSR) acts as a lever to minimize environmental harms done by daily business activities. Also covered are how natural resources are consumed by industries and a discussion about sustainability practices.
Dr. Moira Gunn talks about the life of explorer, George Mallory and his conquest of Everest with National Geographic's Explorer-in-Residence & Anthropologist, Wade Davis.
One of the great aspects of 21st century technology is the ability to use and keep track of public information. Unfortunately, many government agencies choose not to take advantage of the ways to communicate with the public. Micah Sifry returns to Technometria to discuss the status of open government.
John Heilemann talks with FCC chair Julius Genachowski about the FCC's policy-making positions and challenges for the 21st century; including spectrum reapportionment, net neutrality, keeping up with the spectrum requirements of mobile broadband, global competitiveness, and "keeping the pipes open for innovators and consumer choice."
From rebuilding communities in Detroit around technological and artistic innovation to improving legal services, each of these speakers share their experiences and insights as to why groups succeed - and sometimes fail - in their attempts to adopt the latest information technology developments and apply them to the greater public good.
In these two Gov 2.0 presentations, Jeffrey A. Sorenson and Clay Johnson, respectively, showcase the inventive winning entries and motivations behind "Apps for the Army" and The Sunlight Foundation's "Design for America" competitions. Through utilizing the potential and input of the wider community, both initiatives aim to encourage new ideas, and ultimately better practices, for government.