CPG Continues to Inform Online Transparency Debate Through Multiple Spring Events
AUSTIN, Texas-- March 7, 2011-- Exploring issues surrounding government transparency has long been a cornerstone of the mission of the Center for Politics and Governance (CPG), falling under its effective governance initiative. However, CPG recently has ratched up its involvement with this issue through multiple events highlighting state, national and international online transparency policies, national security issues, and the relationship between money, politics and the Internet.
"We live in an online world and people increasingly expect online transparency,” said Sherri Greenberg, Interim Director of CPG and LBJ School Lecturer. “From student policy research projects, to conferences, panel discussions and individual lectures, the Center is striving to present a balanced and informed dialogue on this issue to the public from a public policy perspective. We have taken great strides in bringing this issue to the forefront through our public events and will continue making online transparency a key issue of the Center.”
This two-day brought together leading thinkers from all levels of government, academia, media and industry to explore the best ways to make open government in Texas work for everyone. The Center for Politics and Governance collaborated with local and state government officials, advocacy groups and members of private industry to present this conference together in late January. Organized in part by LBJ School graduate students, the conference served as an extension of a previously existing LBJ Schol policy research project on state finance and online transparency led by CPG Interim Director Sherri Greenberg.
This panel on the differeing perspectives on the WikiLeaks phenomenon was part of a larger conference and weeklong celebration of the life and work of Barbara Jordan. Sponsored by CPG, this panel pulled experts from journalism and national security to explore the national and international implications of WikiLeaks as they pertain to online transparency. The panel included: Wanda Cash, Associate Director of the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism; Angela Newell, LBJ School Ph.D. Student; Admiral Bobby R. Inman (U. S. Navy, Ret.), Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy; and Ross Ramsey of Texas Weekly and the Texas Tribune. The panel was moderated by Sherri Greenberg, CPG Interim Director.
The Center also was instrumental in bringing Lawrence Lessig, renowned author, attorney and Internet policy expert, to The University of Texas at Austin for several speaking engagements in late February. Lessig spoke at a public event on Feb. 28 about institutional corruption and money and politics. However, he also made a special stop at the LBJ School of Public Affairs for a small discussion and Q&A with the LBJ School student body about net neutrality and Internet security. Videos of both appearances are now available.