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Following up on the 5th Lab in Montreal on "Decoding Global Diplomacy: Balancing power through information technology", GDL Member Julia Kloiber, together with Chia-liang Kao (gOv.tw/ Open Culture Foundation), hosted a session at re:publica 2017 and represented the GDL by talking about "Fork & Merge – Collaboration in Civic Tech: How can civic tech communities and governments work together".
From Pakistan to Mexico – from Taiwan to Canada. All around the world, governments are starting to collaborate with civic tech communities to bring government services online, improve their usability, increase transparency and foster civic participation. Inspired by the possibilities, some governments have even set up their own in-house innovation teams and technology units. At the re:publica session, Julia Kloiber and Chia-liang Kao looked at examples from the international Code for All community. They discussed the different forms of collaboration, with a particular focus on Germany and Taiwan.
A lively audience composed of government representatives, foundation members and activists participated in the Q&A session. Their enthusiasm confirmed the importance of technology for fostering more effective policymaking and highlighted the potential for the Code for All community to grow and expand its activities.
Julia is an activist who is passionate about growing open communities.
She works as a project lead for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany and as a consultant for The Engine Room. Julia has been running multiple community projects that foster the reuse of open data. Code for Germany, her latest project in collaboration with Code for America, is a civic tech community with 25 labs and more than 350 members across Germany.
Julia leads open data projects in close collaboration with companies and governments alike. In 2015, she co-organised the international Code for All Summit in New York, a two-day conference that brought together leading experts and practitioners in civic tech. Earlier this year she kicked off a prototype fund for civic tech projects in collaboration with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.