21st-Century Civil Society

at the Open Government Partnership meeting in Chile

Here I am at the Open Government Partnership regional meeting in Santiago, Chile, getting ready to talk about how digital technology is transforming civil society.

The Open Government Partnership is a new multilateralinitiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. This particular meeting included participants from the US, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, among other countries.

My presentation, below in PDF form, focused on ways that digital technology is transforming civil society, the engine of democratic governance. It includes findings from the Global Digital Activism Data Set and observations on challenges to traditional NGOs and new networked forms of civil society organization.

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