1. Do you support the adoption of a comprehensive Open Government Directive by the City of Austin? The Open Government Directive would outline a consistent approach to open data, technology-enabled citizen engagement, open decision-making algorithms, and civic application development and be based on existing documents such as model legislation developed by the Sunlight Foundation, Code for America, and Civic Commons.
I am undecided, but intrigued...I definitely want to learn more about an "Open Government Directive". I support open government and appreciate your suggesting methods to ensure it. If elected, I will meet with you ASAP to learn more.
2. Do you support the inclusion of the municipal Open Government Directive’s goals as performance benchmarks for each City of Austin department?
Same as #1
Same as #1
4. Do you support the existence of an Information Authority modeled after the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office to provide oversight of government data as a public good?
I like this idea! I am curious as to how much it might cost to start up and operate an Information Authority. Do you have any cost estimates?
5. Do you support studying whether Austin should join cities such as Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., in pledging support for a publicly-accessible open-standard protocol for 311 services, such as the currently proposed Open311 API specification?
I support studying this.
6. Do you support the creation of an application development contest that leverages public data and APIs?
I am undecided on whether to support such a contest, but want to find out further details.
7. How will you and/or your staff use social media to promote citizen engagement and improved service delivery?
My staff will include a social media expert to promote citizen contact in all feasible ways. Democracy requires the interest and participation of the citizens, and technology is creating new means of engagement.