Transparency reforms instituting sunshine laws and open public meetings have been actively promoted in recent decades as means of keeping elected officials and bureaucrats more accountable to the public. Advances in communication technologies have enabled a new generation of such transparency-enhancing reforms and practices - including open data portals, posting program information online and security alert systems. Under what circumstances do local governments adopt such technologies? This talk investigates this question by examining patterns of adoption and utilization of one technology - online scheduling information for public transit - for a comprehensive set of local transit providers in California, drawing on original, webscraped data.
Speaker: Alison Post, UC Berkeley
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