Open Government Software Provides Transparency and Encourages Trust
June 20, 2014
by Jacque Porte
IQM2 Sales & Marketing
Thomas Jefferson famously wrote, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” This country was founded by men and women who sought active participation in their government. Open government ensures that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight, encouraging participation and fostering trust.
You may be complying with federal or state guidelines, you may simply wish to fulfill a recently adopted strategic goal, or you could be responding to citizen requests for information. In any case, you’ve set a goal to provide an open government format, but realizing your open government goal is about much more than acknowledging the public’s right to information. You’ll need a place where citizens can easily access that information, a place where they can download agendas and minutes, find upcoming meeting dates, and watch past and live meetings.
Your web portal is an important tool for garnering trust in your community and helps display your commitment to transparency. Ensure you provide plenty of resources for your citizens and do your part to work towards a well-informed public by providing not only a wealth of information on past and upcoming action items, but also by making this information easy to access, whether your citizens are working from laptops or tablets. Your public meeting portal is the keystone that unites your local government with the community, enabling you to interact with the public in a new sense of transparency and cooperation. Contact us to get started on your open government goals.
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IQM2 is a market leader in furnishing end-to-end public meeting and Open Government software solutions through their award-winning Open Meeting Management System applications including MinuteTraq (agenda process improvement), MediaTraq (Live/On-Demand Video Streaming) and E-Boardroom (electronic voting).
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