5th Annual Gov20LA 4.28.14

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Gov20LA Addresses Data Security, Privacy Risks at the upcoming event on April 28.

After the alarming gap in one of the Internet’s key security methods *Heartbleed* was announced, even organizations that have taken precautions find themselves exposed to risk. Important data such as customer credit card numbers, home addresses, website passwords, and even health records are at stake. A large percentage of organizations have never had a true security audit. How do CEOs, CTOs, Product and Data Managers know if their proprietary and customer data is secure or not? What are risks with 3rd party payment systems? What to do if you have a shared SSL? What is protocol for employees using their own devices? Do you need to share cyber breaches with authorities or not?

These critical and urgent questions will be answered by experts at the upcoming GOV20LA conference including:

Who:
• Bob Gourley: Former Chief Technology Officer, US Defense Intelligence Agency, technology and enterprise evangelist
• Jeanne Holme: Chief Evangelist USA, Data.Gov; Chief Software Architect, NASA
• Jamie Clarke: Practicing lawyer dealing with tech issues, OASIS General Counsel (Privacy, Open ID Standards)

When: Monday, April 28, 2014

Where: Annenberg Beach House on the beach of Santa Monica, CA

Tickets to attend the talks live are limited and are available in advance at http://www.gov20la.com. They will be given on a first come, first serve basis and are expected to go fast. To watch the live stream, people are encouraged to RSVP to the Facebook event page to receive updates and a reminder before the live stream begins here: http://bit.ly/GOV20LA2014.

GOV20LA, an intimate and powerful conference brings together innovative leaders at the intersection of government, tech, and businesses from around the world in an apolitical setting. Every year, the conference covers breaking topics affecting citizens at large with leaders delivering insights into current gov tech issues and cutting-edge technology in an open town hall format such as the Darknet presentation by General Manager of Intel Cloud Services Peter Biddle and the Award-winning Social Media efforts of NASA JPL’s Mars Rover delivered by Veronica McGregor and Stephanie L. Smith at the 2013 event.

After 20 years of experience at the intersection of government and tech, GOV20LA Founder, Alan W. Silberberg says, “My intention has always been to connect the innovative leaders I meet around the world together to share the truly amazing initiatives they are leading within their organizations. I have seen how Countries, States, and localities have instituted changes that were initiated at or following each GOV20LA event and this year is shaping up to be the strongest year in our five year history.”


USE THE SECURE REGISTRATION PAGE TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR IF YOUR COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR THE EVENT.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WISDOM OVER THE YEARS. THIS EVENT IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE AMAZING SPEAKERS AND SUPPORTERS.

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Digital Diplomacy, 4 years and now change.

Wow. There is a sea change happening in the Middle East. The 2013 Iranian Election will mark the end of one cycle, and the beginning of another. What a long path to this point.

The cycle ending is the cycle of the first few revolutions/civil wars and government overthrows that happened in full view of, and in part due to social media. The one beginning is going to become the post-social media middle east. One where the power of the people, won out, country after country.

Just a brief history.

In the late spring and early summer of 2009, Iran was in the throes of pre-election frenzy. There was a moderate trying to overthrow the conservative leadership through peaceful, democratic means. But it turned bad, and turned bad fast. The Green Revolution as it was called, inspired people to great heights of hope and also tremendous depths of despair that resulted from the horrific human rights abuses, torture, death, kidnappings, rapes, that were committed by the Iranian Government and it’s religious and civil allies to prevent the Green Revolution from succeeding.

I documented this struggle of the Green Revolution on Twitter, on Facebook and on You2Gov which was the website I had started in 2008 and which we put into hiatus in 2010. Here is the twitter history. In fact it was this period with the efforts I and many others did to document the digital, social history; and to learn from it that was one of the reasons I started “Gov20LA” in the first place. People’s voices need to be heard. In a good and positive way that allows everyone, those in government and those outside to feel comfortable making changes. Changes have to come from multiple parts of society not just one. But this has to be in moderation.

Since then we have seen the Occupy movements spring up in cities around the world. We have seen Tunisia, and Egypt fall with in the same week almost in 2011. I talked about this at the opening of Gov 2.0 L.A in 2011. We actually did a “Digital Diplomacy Panel” at the 2011 Gov20LA event. In part the exploding use of social media and mobile technology was openly discussed in a live stream during that panel.

Now, we see Turkey struggling with their own version of the “Arab Spring” that many people are referring to as #OccupyGezi on Twitter and other social media. Syria and Russia are going through massive social change again, with Syria in middle of a bloody and growing civil war; and Russia moving to limit rights of protestors, and curtailing free speech more and more.

But four years after the Green Revolution, the people of Iran have delivered a surprise to the world. A moderate. With none of the bloodshed or violence of the Green Revolution from four years ago. This time around #Iranelection is a positive hashtag with huge meaning. No longer meaning death, torture.

I think it is time for Syria, Turkey, Russia to pay attention and start making changes now. Because clearly, the power of the people when amplified by social media and mobility, is world changing power. Power in the hands of the people.

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Preview of Gov 2.0 L.A. 2013 From Twitter.

Register for Gov 2.0 L.A. 2013 on Eventbrite

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Gov 2.0 L.A. 2013 is almost here.

As the founder of @Gov20la “Gov20LA” as it is referred to, I could not be more excited and proud. As the event gets ready to head into our fourth annual one; we are getting ready to make history, break some trendlines, and lead the dialog for another year.

But before discussing the amazing people who will be speaking I would like to highlight a major achievement of Gov 2.0 L.A.:

Since our first event in 2010, we have created and enabled an environment around building our speakers base as one that represents our society. So we have 50 percent female speakers and 50 percent male speakers. This is a critical achievement and comes at a critical time when this very issue is the subject of TV, Radio and written debate. Just recently there was an article by Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer) in the Harvard Business Review, with one of the salient points being made is that LESS than 20% of all conference speakers and panelists are Female. Less than 20%.

So Gov20LA is proud, as am I, to be able to say that we have beaten this particular national average and beaten it solidly. I continue to ensure that the speakers split for Gov20LA is evenly split between men and women, and did so because it is the right thing to do, not because we thought that in four years everyone would be talking about it. But that is what has now happened.

Gov20LA 2013 is going to rock! I could not be more excited about the powerful collection of women and men who will be speaking,

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Thank you! We look forward to seeing you in person and in our live stream on April 20, 2013.

Alan W. Silberberg, Founder, Gov 2.0 L.A.

Rocking Citizen Power in 2012.

As the 3rd annual Gov 2.0 L.A. (Gov20LA) approaches on April 21, 2012; I have been thinking a lot about why I started this conference and what it means for you, for me and for our futures. A few years back I wrote this piece “What is Gov20LA All About?”

In the 3 years since we have seen huge growth in social media, cloud computing, mobile technologies and the subsequent explosion of citizen involvement with our governments. This has caused all kinds of situations, good and bad. On the good we are seeing country after country begin to adopt open data and transparent aspects to their internal and external operations. We have seen citizens empowered to use their voice, many for the first time ever. We have witnessed several countries fall to “soft power” of people organizing, and then acting on the organization to effect change of a type we have never seen in our collective human history. On the bad, we are seeing totalitarian governments around the world cling to these new technologies and indeed even the people’s response to them; to crack down, imprison people, kill people and break up organized groups.

I have written in the past about the two headed side of #gov20 and social media in general with regard to Governments and the people who interact with them. This dichotomy is growing, not abating. We see people using technologies to force change yet at same time we are witnessing governments around the world investigate the same technologies to prevent change.

Gov20LA was created to act as a forum to collect the best and brightest people and their ideas and enable them to tell the world their stories. The idea has always been to empower people through learning about the cutting edge applications of technology in government and by the companies servicing them. We feel that by letting you see the speakers in a casual, yet live setting online – we all can learn from the human conversation and dialogue.

Technology is great, solves lots of problems and saves money when properly applied. The problem with most technology conferences and events is they are too jargon laden and usually do not encourage open dialogue with the speakers. We do the opposite. We want the dialogue. We want our speakers interacting both with the live audience in the room and the global Internet TV audience. So we have created an open environment, with some truly amazing people from inside and outside government leading the dialogue.

I am personally so humbled and excited by the continued awesome response Gov20LA receives worldwide. I can’t wait for this year. Join me. Thank you.

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3 Themes for Gov 2.0 LA 2012 (and it’s our 3rd year!)

The third Gov20LA is coming up soon. In fact in April of 2012 at the same location as this year.

As we have in the last two years, the event will be fully live-streamed and interactive with twitter, facebook, chat.

We are past the point where the “Gov 2.0″ in our name does more than evoke recognition. It is time to focus not on the theoretical but on the practical. This past year the world has witnessed upheaval and change on a scale that is new to all of us. When we did Gov20LA this year - Tunisia had just fallen, and the crisis in Egypt was just erupting in full; we had a collection of the some the world’s leading thinkers about guess what, social media in times of crisis and governments. It was to be sure pretty amazing timing. Hopefully the drama this coming year will once again be focused on the amazing speakers we will soon be announcing and the world eyes will be watching us with the ability to learn without being present in the room necessarily.

The three themes of this upcoming Gov20LA are going to be:

1. Business inside Government and how it is rapidly becoming different, things like SCRM are being deployed and government is basically being forced to restructure itself.

2. Goverments’ use and management of social media in crisis like the earthquake, hurricanes, riots.

3. Engagement is now being taken as a for granted thing, “everyone has a facebook page” but how real is it and how are crowd-sourcing and public private partnerships re-arranging the landscape?

We are requesting two things from you.

1. If you would like to submit a panel idea or speak please contact us here.

2. We will be issuing a follow up post before January 1, 2012 with regard to sponsorships and corporate opportunities, but if you are interested in sponsoring the event or some part of it, please contact us at Gov20LA@Gmail.com. Once again we appreciate all of the previous sponsors of the past two years, and could not have done it without each and every company and person who stepped up to sponsor the event.

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Reputations becoming like credit?

Remember those old AOL commercials on TV, the”You’ve got mail” campaign? It was wildly successful as a marketing slogan, as a commercial, and even as the title of a movie.

Times change. Social media is no longer just a buzzword, but really a part of daily life. It might even be like a utility in the near future, something the average person literally cannot live without. Now the new thing is a play on the old one, “You’ve got Klout.” Or do you? Or do you have Peerindex? Do you know your grade on Grader? Do you know what your Kred is?

It’s ok, most people have no clue. But you need to get a clue. It might seem like fun and games as in the social media stock market “Empire Avenue.” But the reality is people are watching. Employers, potential employers, clients, friends, enemies, ex-spouses, competitors, the police, governments, and of course giant database companies. It is like credit scores were maybe 25 years ago: they mattered but they did not rule your life like credit scores such as FICO do now. Social media influence and “credibility” are of increasing importance. So these scores, whether real or gamed; whether you subscribe or not, matter.

Klout did it again. They went and changed everyone’s numbers. Yes, everyone, even if you are not registered with them. They still monitor you, like a credit rating agency in real life. But most of the other analytical tools that measure social media don’t change as radically or as often as Klout. So what? Consistency is the key to listening and monitoring. These changes affect people’s reputations and people have little direct control over how those changes directly affect them. Klout risks losing market credibility with such wild changes to peoples numbers, without any charts showing historical records and how those numbers changed according to algorithmic changes as opposed to changes in the users social media behavior.

People are upset as evidenced by the thousands of tweets and posts on facebook; at least who follow this or care. But it affects all of us; at least all of us using the internet. It affects all of us with an email address attached to any social network, and therefore what people see in Google and Bing searches when they look you up. It really affects us because there are no standards being applied to the social analytics we are talking about, so numbers vary widely between the providers, and as Klout has demonstrated twice in the past 3 months can vary widely within one service.

Think about the big picture. Do not just rely on one of these services, but you should be actively checking on the health of your reputation. There are ways to make changes, but it requires one to pay attention first. You need to. Others are already.

Is your social media profile real, or fake?

We are rushing into a world of social awareness, social politics, and social media entering almost any facet of our lives. But there is no gatekeeper yet. The lack of gatekeepers is enabling fake social media accounts to be set up, maintained and used in ways from just annoying, to truly dangerous.

President Obama recently held the first ever Twitter town hall for a President of the U.S. While he was busy answering questions there were teams of people assessing questions and assisting in the background. The assumption in this situation was that the twitter accounts that were being used to ask questions were actually from real people.

This assumption about reality is probably false, at least a bit. There are already concerns surrounding this twitter town hall, with the possibility of fake accounts being used to pose questions. This follows news of Fox News Twitter account being “hacked” to send out tweets about the assassination of President Obama. While this is a horrifying example, FOX did correct itself and issued an apology to the White House. However, most of the faked social media accounts are maintained by people or smaller groups without the resources or ethical obligation to either correct false information; or potentially even with the desire to create harm.

As early as 2008, people started focusing on the issues around fake social media accounts, with the initial emphasis being on identity theft and how to protect one’s own name. Now the issues are being elevated to politics, security, and even warfare.

The Obama administration is exploring lots of different uses of social media. So are other government agencies. It turns out there are even government contractors who have not only developed software platforms to create and maintain fake social media accounts; but are now attempting to sell such platforms to the government and corporations. The “HBGary” story is just one example of this recent trend. It turns out there are lots of companies making tools like this. But not many are making solutions yet.

There are many stories appearing in multiple media outlets about the emerging problem with faked social media accounts. Even the Pope has weighed in about the problem of faked social media accounts giving the whole issue a level of realness not seen for other technology issues. When the Pope weighs in on something like this it should make people think about it. The U.S. Military has publicly acknowledged that it too has been involved in this, recently hiring a company to do just that.

How to solve this? This is a good question. It is my opinion that we won’t see “solutions” to this problem until a faked social media account is used to enact murder, kidnapping or some other nefarious act and the media hops on this as “what can people do about this?” Already smart law firms are creating practises around “fixing the problem of fake social media accounts.” If one google or bing searches the term “fake social media accounts” there are thousands of stories about the negative side of this, very few mentions if any of ways to combat this emerging problem.

My involvement with #RTJOBS Movement

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The other night I was having a mini conversation on Twitter with an analyst from Forrester Research. He was asking about what social media technology could be best used to help find people jobs. Creation of jobs cannot rest solely with the Government, nor can people wait for “Stimulus” money, no matter how much may be coming down the pipeline. We need to collectively come together as a society for the betterment of our Country. So those with jobs need to proactively help those without, it is a matter of the highest need, plus has positive karma effects too. Not to mention it only strengthens your own networking.

I suggested that people who have jobs to fill; put them out in Twitter using this #rtjobs- a name suggested by a Venture Capitalist also using Twitter, which is called a “hashtag” which enables it to become a stand alone subject within Twitter search functions. Now this may sound boring to the un-initiated, but it is a powerful device like Google.

We did this to help people in these trying times. Within hours, @technosailor had created this website to track all the Twitter users using the #rtjobs hashtag.

What started as a mini-conversation about how those of us who can help others – turned into a “movement” in less than 24 hours. Really.

Below I am going to give you directions on how best to use the #rtjobs hashtag for Twitter if you have a job to Fill and you use Twitter.

But before I do that – stop and think about what you just read above. Think about your own cause. Your own ” movement.” How can sites like You2Gov, which is a powerful user based online advocacy website that integrates group functions, sharing, “traditional” social media fare combined with online lobbying, bill tracking, and deep Federal resources to help you utilize these social media tools in getting the most reciprocity from your customers, constituents. What can other tools do for your cause? How are you going to supercharge your cause this year?

Directions for #RTJOBS:
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You2Gov featured in 3rd Blog Article in less than 3 weeks!

Today a Canadian Blog, “The Social Bureaucrat” wrote a Blog article about You2Gov in part. This marks the Third Blog done as a result of Twitter about You2Gov in as many weeks. This is an exciting and challenging time for the U.S. and the World. It is fascinating to see the impact of something like You2Gov on Foreign Governments and on Foreigners who visit the site. Many simply cannot imagine something like You2Gov in their country, especially in Third World and non-Democracies.

Many people are astounded that You2Gov has done what we have in a short time period with a small amount of resources. But it points to the massive migration of Information onto the Interweb and dispersed through blogs, forums, rss feeds etc. We are able to provide the information we do, and connect your to your elected representatives at the State and Federal levels because of this migration of information. This is just the beginning, a garden sprinkler versus a firehose. As more information becomes available, more and more uses or “mash-ups” will become easier to accomplish quickly. Government Agencies in the United States are all “on the Internet” but are just now learning what to do there and how to make information become useful. We aggregate those sources and combine them with the action tools necessary to become a full power Citizen 2.0.

@Meznor Is a Canadian who is authored this blog piece, and everyone at You2Gov says thanks from below the Border!

http://socialbureaucrat.blogspot.com/2009/01/social-media-examples-connecting.html

You2Gov featured in Second Blog in a week

Julie Pippert wrote a blog piece on Momocrats today that was inspired by a Twitter conversation I had this morning based on some articles I posted here on You2Gov earlier today and earlier this week.
As I have mentioned I used Twitter quite often to discuss items on You2Gov and elsewhere in the media. For the second time in a week, one of my Twitter discussions was turned into a blog posting here.
This one was inspired through a series of articles we have been posting here on You2Gov about whether or not Texas Board of Education members will vote to start teaching Evolution alongside Science.
I weighed in with some minor commentary on the issue after posting a few articles here on You2Gov and on Twitter.

It is fascinating to see how fast little micro conversations that occur as instant messaging, SMS messaging, Direct Messaging or micro-blogging inspire others to react and act in ways far different than those originally posited by the initial conversations.
http://momocrats.typepad.com/momocrats/2009/01/texas-battle-over-science-curriculum-can-affect-entire-us-derail-obamas-science-commitment.html