Serving the People: How Social Media and Technology Enhances Civic Engagement

A session at Blacks in Tech at SXSW Interactive

Saturday 9th March, 2013

1:30pm to 2:30pm (CST)

Civic engagement is a critical element of our democratic process. The opportunity provided by the adaption of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, as evidenced by the successful deployment of the Obama Campaign and Administration is clear and compelling. It has many potential benefits for public policy professionals by increasing public value in the form of better public decisions that accurately reflect local input and expectations. Additionally, civic engagement increases the capacity of a society to understand the decision making processes agencies use when seeking solutions for complex issues.
This panel will discuss the emergence of sophisticated online tools and platforms that support large-scale collaboration and dialogue. We discuss and dissect concrete examples of social media as a low-cost technical tool of empowerment for increasing civic engagement, and at the same time, lowering the barrier for participation by citizens.

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Sheryl Cole

Elected in 2006, Sheryl Cole is the first African American woman to serve on Austin City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem. bio from Twitter

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Douglas Matthews

Chief Communications Director, City of Austin

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Shuronda Robinson

Mom. Entrepreneur. Communicator. Certified Life Coach. Creates space for growth in others. Friend and Professional Eater. bio from Twitter

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Marquita Sanders

Learning and loving life while trying to figure out everything else! bio from Twitter

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Joah Spearman

Co-founder, @NeighborStyle & #StyleX / CEO of AvecMode / Vice Chair, Music Commission / Board @ASAustin / Author, Real Role Models / Blogger for @HuffingtonPost bio from Twitter

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Time 1:30pm2:30pm CST

Date Sat 9th March 2013


BiT House | Colorado Room, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

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