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TC104: Digital Organizing and Open Government

October 20, 2014 - November 14, 2014


Facilitated by Christopher Neu

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Course Description

Technological innovation is transforming civil society organization and creating new opportunities for government accountability. This four-week online professional development certificate course will evaluate case studies where new technologies have been used for activism and what factors and contexts are most influential on outcomes. It will also provide participants with strategies for maximizing the impact of new media and train them in the effective use of analysis and message management tools.

The course includes an optional specialization on trends and strategies relevant to Pacific Island countries (PICs). These additional modules will provide an overview of regional technology access and digital communities, and the role of population engagement and e-diplomacy strategies in open government initiatives.

Course Topics and Featured Tech

  • Communicating Online: Social Media Analytics and Outreach
  • Simple Tools for Big Data: Sunlight Labs and Accountable Congress
  • Building an Engaged Public: CrowdHall and Online Discussions
  • Open Government Partnerships and Local Connections: How to Open Your Government

Optional Pacific modules:

  • Overview of Digital Access and Online Communities in the Pacific
  • Promoting Transparency through Local Partners: E-Diplomacy in the Pacific.
  • Capacity Building: Developing Capacity for Population Engagement in the Pacific

Course Objectives

During the course, students will be expected to:
  • Interact directly with prominent experts, academics, and technologists, including the World Bank, Georgetown University, and Open Forum Foundation.
  • Apply new technical skills through hands-on simulations for social media, government accountability, and open governance.
  • Share interests and experiences in this space to strengthen personal networks with other professionals for better community tech-enabled programming.
  • Initiate a sustainable open government project through their own organisations or in their home countries to promote accountable governance.

Guest Experts

Fergus Hanson
Walk Free
Sarah Logan
Australian National University
Kaushal Jhalla
World Bank
Linda Raftree
Plan International, USA
Barak Hoffman
Georgetown University
Wayne Moses Burke
Open Forum Foundation
Jordan Menzel
Heather Flynn
US Department of State

Platform Screenshots

Gain practical skills through exercises and simulations

Exchange with leading experts in the field in real time

Stay engaged with progress maps and points systems

Network and collaborate with professionals from dozens of countries



  • Early bird price: $395 before May 30
  • Regular price: $445
  • Group discount rates available. For more details, please contact us at info [at]
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