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'''Online groups for connecting people interested in the use of technology for government transparency, public participation, collaboration, and community building. Please add the "two-way" places with real life to them.'''
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'''This is a comprehensive global directory of online groups about the use of technology for open government, public participation, community building and democracy. [http://e-democracy.org/contact Please recommend] "two-way" places with real life to them.'''
==Local by City==
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''For the multi-city online group, see [http://e-democracy.orgcitycamp CityCamp].''
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/opengovchicago Chicago OpenGov List] - [http://www.meetup.com/OpenGovChicago/ Meetup]
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''E-Democracy.org directly hosts some key spaces. This includes the 2200+ member [https://www.facebook.com/groups/opengovgroup Open Government and Civic Technology Facebook Group] for general open government/transparency/participation discussion, the [http://e-democracy.org/di Digital Inclusion Network], and [http://e-democracy.org/locals Locals Online] for hosts of local online forums/blogs/social networking groups.''
* [http://gov20la.org/join-the-conversation.html Los Angeles Gov 2.0 Discussion/Twitter]
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* [http://www.meetup.com/Participation/ Minneapolis - Transparency and Participation Meetup]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/open-government-nyc New York City - Open Government NYC List] - [http://www.meetup.com/openny/ Meetup]
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* [http://mashablecity.org/ Providence, RI - Mashable City List]
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* [http://opensf.wordpress.com/ San Francisco - OpenSF Blog]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/datato Toronto - DataTo - List]
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==State/Provincial==
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''As part of our educational mission, we monitor many of the online spaces below and forward notable content via [http://dowire.org Democracies Online Newswire] and [http://twitter.com/democracy @democracy] on Twitter.''
* [http://e-democracy.org/mnvoices Minnesota Voices List]
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* [http://csclabs.org Colorado Smart Communities]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/gov-20-camp-new-england Gov 2.0 Camp New England]
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==National by Country==
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A new listing of Facebook Groups and LinkedIn Groups is below.
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==Most Active Online Groups==
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* [http://facebook.com/groups/opengovgroup Int'l - Open Government and Civic Technology Facebook Group]
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* [https://groups.google.com/a/codeforamerica.org/forum/#!forum/brigade US - Code for America Brigade] - See [http://brigade.codeforamerica.org/brigades local Brigade sites] for local online groups like [http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/messages/archive/ BetaNYC], [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/twin-cities-brigade Open Twin Cities], etc.
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* [https://www.mysociety.org/subscribe/ - mySociety.org Lists and Newsletters]
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* [https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech Int'l - Liberation Tech]
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* Open Government Partnership - [http://www.ogphub.org/profile/ Civil Society] - [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pmo-network Parliamentary Monitoring] - [https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/us-open-government US] - [http://forum.opengovernment.org.uk/ UK]
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* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/inclusion Int'l - Digital Inclusion] - DigitalDivide@ Reborn
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* [http://fairsay.com/networks/ecampaigning-forum Int'l/UK - E-Campaigning Forum]
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* [http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-government Int'l - Open Government Data] - More [https://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo Open Knowledge Foundation Lists]
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* [http://www.facebook.com/groups/opengov/ Open Gov - Sweden]
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/thackday Transparency Hackers] - Brazil
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* [http://ncdd.org/rc/item/4434 US - National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation]
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* [http://opendata.stackexchange.com/ Open Data Stack Exchange]
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* Reddit - [http://www.reddit.com/r/sunlight Sunlight] - [http://www.reddit.com/r/opendata Open Data Reddit] - [http://www.reddit.com/r/datasets Datasets]
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* [https://plus.google.com/communities/107785386141957326304 Open Government Google+ Community]
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* [http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=91073 Government 2.0 LinkedIn Group]
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* [https://www.facebook.com/groups/615632448501473/ Gobierno Digital Latin America and Spain - Facebook Group]
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* Key e-newsletters: [http://thegovlab.org/govlab-digest/ GovLab Digest], [http://dowire.org Democracies Online Newswire], [http://civichall.org/civicist/ Civicist], [http://sunlightfoundation.us5.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=d5304df77590e80121f8e02ec&id=8aaf01d6dd Sunlight Foundation Today in Open Gov]
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==Mailing Lists - National by Country==
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'''More'''
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* [http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/okfn-discuss Int'l - Open Knowledge Foundation E-List]
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* [http://e-democracy.org/citycamp Int'l/US - CityCamp Exchange]
 
* [http://dowire.org/x Int'l - Democracies Online Exchange] (and [http://dowire.org Newswire])
 
* [http://dowire.org/x Int'l - Democracies Online Exchange] (and [http://dowire.org Newswire])
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/sunlightlabs US - Sunlight Labs]
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/democracy-club UK - Democracy Club]
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* [http://forum.opengovernment.org.uk/ UK Open Government Forum]
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* [http://www.w3.org/egov Int'l -  W3C eGovernment Interest Group]
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* [http://www.progressiveexchange.org US - Progressive Exchange] - E-advocacy - restricted to left of center
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* Open Australia
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* [http://www.communities.idea.gov.uk UK - Idea Local Gov Communities of Practice] - [http://www.communities.idea.gov.uk/comm/landing-home.do?id=13317 Social Media and Online Collaboration].
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/global-open-data-initiative Int'l - Global Open Data Initiative]
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* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/projects Int'l - US/UK/NZ+ E-Democracy.org Projects Online Group/List]
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* [http://eudemocracia.org/ Argentina - Eudemocracia, NGO]
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* [http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/openspending Int'l - OpenSpending]
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* [http://www.newtactics.org Int'l - New Tactics in Human Rights]
 
* [http://transparency.globalvoicesonline.org Int'l - Technology for Transparency Network]
 
* [http://transparency.globalvoicesonline.org Int'l - Technology for Transparency Network]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/participatorybudgeting Int'l - Participatory Budgeting]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/participatorybudgeting Int'l - Participatory Budgeting]
* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/projects Int'l - US/UK/NZ+ E-Democracy.org Projects Online Group/List]
 
* [http://www.w3.org/egov Int'l -  W3C eGovernment Interest Group]
 
* [http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/okfn-discuss Int'l - Open Knowledge Foundation E-List]
 
* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/inclusion Int'l - Digital Inclusion] - DigitalDivide@ Reborn
 
 
* [http://groups.google.com.au/group/gov20canberra Australia - Gov 2.0 List]
 
* [http://groups.google.com.au/group/gov20canberra Australia - Gov 2.0 List]
* [http://groups.google.com/group/visiblegovernment-discuss Canada - Visible Government List]
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* [http://lists.pwd.ca/mailman/listinfo/civicaccess-discuss Civic Access Canada] replaced [http://groups.google.com/group/visiblegovernment-discuss Canada - Visible Government List]
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/odadi South Africa Open Data and Democracy Initiative]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/changecamp Canada - Change Camp List]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/changecamp Canada - Change Camp List]
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* [http://epractice.eu/en/home EU - ePractice.eu] - Many groups
 
* [http://opendata-network.org/network/mailinglists/ Germany - Open Data Network List]  
 
* [http://opendata-network.org/network/mailinglists/ Germany - Open Data Network List]  
 
* [http://groups.google.co.nz/group/nzopengovtbarcamp New Zealand - Open Govt Data List]
 
* [http://groups.google.co.nz/group/nzopengovtbarcamp New Zealand - Open Govt Data List]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/pro-bono-publico Spain - Pro Bono Publico]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/pro-bono-publico Spain - Pro Bono Publico]
* [https://secure.mysociety.org/admin/lists/mailman/listinfo/developers-public UK - mySociety.org List]
 
* [http://fairsay.com/networks/ecampaigning-forum UK - E-Campaigning Forum]
 
 
* UK "Camps" Lists - [http://groups.google.com/group/localgovcamp LocalGovCamp]. [http://groups.google.com/group/talk-about-local-un-conference Talk About Local]
 
* UK "Camps" Lists - [http://groups.google.com/group/localgovcamp LocalGovCamp]. [http://groups.google.com/group/talk-about-local-un-conference Talk About Local]
* [http://www.communities.idea.gov.uk UK - Idea Local Gov Communities of Practice] - [http://www.communities.idea.gov.uk/comm/landing-home.do?id=13317 Social Media and Online Collaboration].
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* [http://e-democracy.org/locals US - Locals Online]
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/us-government-apis US - Gov APIs] - New
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/munigov US - MuniGov 2.0]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/placeblogger US - Placebloggers]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/placeblogger US - Placebloggers]
* [http://groups.google.com/group/sunlightlabs US - Sunlight Labs]
 
* [http://e-democracy.org/citycamp US - CityCamp Exchange]
 
* [http://e-democracy.org/locallabs US - LocalLabs]
 
* [http://e-democracy.org/locals US - Locals Online]
 
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/citizens-for-opengov US - Citizens for Open Government]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/citizens-for-opengov US - Citizens for Open Government]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/transparency-bloggers US - Transparency Bloggers]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/transparency-bloggers US - Transparency Bloggers]
* [http://govloop.com US GovLoop Social Net] - Specific groups:
 
** [http://www.govloop.com/group/socialmediaforgovernment Social Media for Government], [http://www.govloop.com/group/munigov Munigov 2.0], [http://www.govloop.com/group/government20club Gov 2.0 Club], [http://www.govloop.com/group/govconsultants20 Gov 2.0 Consultants], [http://www.govloop.com/group/twitterati Twitterati], [http://www.govloop.com/group/collaborationproject Collaboration Project], [http://www.govloop.com/groups?sort=mostPopular More]
 
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/poliparse US Poliparse]  
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/poliparse US Poliparse]  
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/opengovernmentdirective US Open Government Directive Discussion List]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/opengovernmentdirective US Open Government Directive Discussion List]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/openhouseproject?pli=1 US Sunlight - The Open House Project List]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/openhouseproject?pli=1 US Sunlight - The Open House Project List]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/citability Citability.org]
 
* [http://groups.google.com/group/citability Citability.org]
* US "Camps" Lists - [http://groups.google.com/group/transparencycamp Transparency Camp], [http://groups.google.com/group/edemocracycamp Participation/eDemocracy Camp], [http://groups.google.com/group/government-20-club Gov 2.0 Camp], [http://groups.google.com/group/public-media-camp Public Media], [http://dccodeathon.pbworks.com DCcodeathon]
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* US "Camps" Lists - [http://groups.google.com/group/transparencycamp Transparency Camp], [http://groups.google.com/group/edemocracycamp Participation/eDemocracy Camp], [http://groups.google.com/group/government-20-club Gov 2.0 Camp], [http://groups.google.com/group/public-media-camp Public Media]
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/thackday Transparency Hackers Brazil]
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* [https://lists.riseup.net/directory/tech/ Riseup.net - Tech Activism Lists]
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* [http://govloop.com US GovLoop Social Net] - Specific groups:
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** [http://www.govloop.com/group/socialmediaforgovernment Social Media for Government], [http://www.govloop.com/group/munigov Munigov 2.0], [http://www.govloop.com/group/government20club Gov 2.0 Club], [http://www.govloop.com/group/govconsultants20 Gov 2.0 Consultants], [http://www.govloop.com/group/twitterati Twitterati], [http://www.govloop.com/group/collaborationproject Collaboration Project], [http://www.govloop.com/groups?sort=mostPopular More]
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== Facebook Groups ==
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* Gobierno Digital Latin America and Spain - https://www.facebook.com/groups/615632448501473/
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* German - https://www.facebook.com/groups/open4gov/
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* Finnish Open Data Ecosystem - https://www.facebook.com/groups/fi.okfn/
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* Sweden - https://www.facebook.com/groups/opengov
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* Open Knowledge Korea - https://www.facebook.com/groups/OKFNKorea/
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* g0v.tw Taiwan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/g0v.general/
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* Code for Hong Kong - https://www.facebook.com/groups/code4hk/
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* Open Data Community of Hong Kong - https://www.facebook.com/groups/opendatahongkong/
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* Open Gov Tunisia - https://www.facebook.com/groups/opengovtn/
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* Code for Japan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/codeforjapan/
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* ePartizipation (German) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/epartizipation/
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* Jordan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/597980153566838/ E-Commerce and E-Government
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* Kenya - https://www.facebook.com/groups/320819266198/ iHub Innovation Centre
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* Data Driven Journalism - https://www.facebook.com/groups/151130095090398/
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* International Association for Public Participation - https://www.facebook.com/groups/11982150193/
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* eLearning Africa Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/17387268602/
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* Participatory Budgeting - https://www.facebook.com/groups/participatory/
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* ICT4D - https://www.facebook.com/groups/28349321125/ - Small One
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* ICT4D - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2553350463/ - Big One
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* Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/36351853660/
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* Digital Government Society - https://www.facebook.com/groups/dgsna/
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* DC Gov 2.0  - https://www.facebook.com/groups/dcgov20/
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* Public Media Innovators - https://www.facebook.com/groups/publicmediainnovators/
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* Internet Society DC - https://www.facebook.com/groups/isoc.dc/
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* International Conference on eParticipation (ePart) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/170879797609/
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* Innovation Journalism - https://www.facebook.com/groups/innovationjournalism/
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* Open Data Innovation Network - https://www.facebook.com/groups/opendatainnovationnetwork/
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* CityHackers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/citycampmty/
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* EU Citadel on the Move - https://www.facebook.com/groups/205450362899979/
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* OpenData - https://www.facebook.com/groups/open4data/
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* Bulgaria E-Participation - https://www.facebook.com/groups/370067938955/
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* Bolivia Democratic Governance 2.0 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/gobdemocratica/
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* Global City 2.0 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/CityCivicMovements/
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* Smart Cities (Arabic) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/smartcities2020/
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* Smart and Sustainable Cities by CMCC - https://www.facebook.com/groups/smartcmcc/
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* Tunisia Open Gov - https://www.facebook.com/groups/325622444170653/
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* OpenData Taiwan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/odtwn/
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* The Smart City (Persian) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesmartcities/
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* SmartCities2020 (Persian) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/smartcities2020/
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* Smart Cities Citizen Innovation - https://www.facebook.com/groups/330714193679289
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* Open Data Malaysia - https://www.facebook.com/groups/151701794871109
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* Open Data Alliance China - https://www.facebook.com/groups/opendataalliance/
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* Innovation Africa - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Innoafrica/
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* Hybrid Smart Cities - https://www.facebook.com/groups/100502470098965/
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* Open-Government Australia - https://www.facebook.com/groups/388242667859393/
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* Free Government Information (FGI) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/142816150342/
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* OpenData et Médiation Numérique https://www.facebook.com/groups/314484618669700/
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* Code for America Chicago - https://www.facebook.com/groups/cfachicago/
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* eND - Elektronska neposredna demokracija - https://www.facebook.com/groups/121835317925547/
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* Open Government - German - https://www.facebook.com/groups/open4gov/
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* Knowledge Unplugged - Open Access for the World - https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockurpaper/
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* Vive l'Opendata ! - https://www.facebook.com/groups/228662477159514/
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* Digital Sunrise Europe Team - https://www.facebook.com/groups/digitalsunrise/
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* ICT4D - e-Tanzania - https://www.facebook.com/groups/88952271711/
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* Linked Open Data Japan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/130625107020532/
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* More groups to add - for now see the [https://www.facebook.com/stevenlclift/groups groups Steven Clift] is monitoring for inclusion here.
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== LinkedIn Groups ==
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* Government 2.0 - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=91073
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* Online Community Engagement - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Online-Community-Engagement-3900594
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* Open Government in the Arab States - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4850889
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* Community Engagement - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=43838
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* Civic Engagement and Dialogue Practitioners - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Civic-Engagement-Dialogue-Practitioners-1817455
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* Open Government - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2076501
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* eGov Community - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=62895
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* National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/National-Coalition-Dialogue-Deliberation-NCDD-990997
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* Gov 2.0 Events (not very active) - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1834096
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* Tech@State - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Tech-State-3665160
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* Sunlight Foundation Government Transparency Group - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Sunlight-Foundation-Government-Transparency-Group-3210802
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* Smart Cities and City 2.0 - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/SMART-CITIES-CITY-20-1891608
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* Smart Cities Project - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Smart-Cities-Project-2034271
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* Smart Cities Latin America - http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Smart-Cities-LatAm-Ciudades-Inteligentes-4723907
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* Smarter Cities - http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1935066
  
 
== Twitter Hashtags to Watch ==
 
== Twitter Hashtags to Watch ==
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23citycamp #citycamp] - Local gov 2.0, participation, transparency
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23edem #edem] - All things "e-democracy"
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23gov20 #gov20] - Government 2.0
 
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23opengov #opengov] - Open Government
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23opengov #opengov] - Open Government
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23opendata #opendata] - Open Government Data
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23opendata #opendata] - Open Government Data
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23hyperlocal #hyperlocal] - Hyper Local Content
 
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23hyperlocal #hyperlocal] - Hyper Local Content
* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23citability #citability] - Citability.org
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23cfabrigade #cfabrigade] -  
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23citycamp #citycamp] - Local gov 2.0, participation, transparency
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23edemo #edemo] - All things "e-democracy"
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23gov20 #gov20] - Government 2.0
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23demopart #demopart] - Democratic Participation
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23nptech #nptech] - Non-Profit Technology
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23edtech #edtech] - Educational Technology
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23socent #socent] - Social Entrepreneurship 
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23civictech #civictech] - Civic Technology 
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* [http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23sharingeconomy #sharingeconomy] - Sharing Economy
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Country Specific Hashtags
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* [https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ogpIRL&src=hash #ogpIRL] - Open Gov Ireland
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* [https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gov2au #gov2au] - Gov 2.0 Australia
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==Project Specific==
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* [http://bit.ly/poplusgroup Poplus]
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* Civic Data Standards
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* Google Civic Information API
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* DemocracyMap
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* US Gov Github
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* Need to add links
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== IRC Channels ==
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* #codeforamerica
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* #sunlightlabs
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* #mschat (mySociety)
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* #openplans
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* #localwiki
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* #openparliament
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* #opennews
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* #poplus
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==Local by City/State/Province==
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''For the multi-city online group, see [http://e-democracy.org/citycamp CityCamp].''
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Many more to add ...
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/opendatamanchester Open Data Manchester, UK]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/opengovchicago Chicago OpenGov List] - [http://www.meetup.com/OpenGovChicago/ Meetup] - City Hack Night
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* [http://csclabs.org Colorado Smart Communities]
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* [http://gov20la.org/join-the-conversation.html Los Angeles Gov 2.0 Discussion/Twitter]
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* [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/twin-cities-brigade Open Twin Cities Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN]
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* [http://e-democracy.org/mnvoices Minnesota Voices List]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/gov-20-camp-new-england Gov 2.0 Camp New England]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/open-government-nyc New York City - Open Government NYC List] - [http://www.meetup.com/betanyc Meetup]
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* [http://www.meetup.com/SpeakUpNY/ SpeakUpNY] - Meetup, Civic Engagement Online
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* [http://mashablecity.org/ Providence, RI - Mashable City List]
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* [http://opensf.wordpress.com/ San Francisco - OpenSF Blog]
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* [http://groups.google.com/group/datato Toronto - DataTo - List]
  
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
There are dozens of online groups, from those on GoogleGroups and Ning-based social networks to group blogs and Twitter hashtag communities, connecting people interested in the use of technology for government transparency, public participation, and community building.
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There are dozens of online groups, from those on mailing lists and Google Groups to group blogs and Twitter hashtag communities, connecting people interested in the use of technology for government transparency, public participation, and community building.
  
At the national/global level there will never be one unified place people exchange knowledge on these topics as people and interests specialize. However at the local or state level, just online spaces tend to be more unified but almost impossible to find for new people wanting to get involved. So this is our place to start a simple directory of those local/state online groups that are emerging.
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At the national/global level there will never be one unified place people exchange knowledge on these topics as people and interests specialize. However at the local or state level, online spaces tend to be more unified but almost impossible to find for new people wanting to get involved. So this is our place to start a simple directory of those local/state online groups that are emerging.

Latest revision as of 20:56, 18 May 2016

This is a comprehensive global directory of online groups about the use of technology for open government, public participation, community building and democracy. Please recommend "two-way" places with real life to them.

E-Democracy.org directly hosts some key spaces. This includes the 2200+ member Open Government and Civic Technology Facebook Group for general open government/transparency/participation discussion, the Digital Inclusion Network, and Locals Online for hosts of local online forums/blogs/social networking groups.

As part of our educational mission, we monitor many of the online spaces below and forward notable content via Democracies Online Newswire and @democracy on Twitter.

A new listing of Facebook Groups and LinkedIn Groups is below.

Most Active Online Groups

Mailing Lists - National by Country

More

Facebook Groups

LinkedIn Groups

Twitter Hashtags to Watch

Country Specific Hashtags


Project Specific

  • Poplus
  • Civic Data Standards
  • Google Civic Information API
  • DemocracyMap
  • US Gov Github
  • Need to add links

IRC Channels

  • #codeforamerica
  • #sunlightlabs
  • #mschat (mySociety)
  • #openplans
  • #localwiki
  • #openparliament
  • #opennews
  • #poplus


Local by City/State/Province

For the multi-city online group, see CityCamp.

Many more to add ...

Background

There are dozens of online groups, from those on mailing lists and Google Groups to group blogs and Twitter hashtag communities, connecting people interested in the use of technology for government transparency, public participation, and community building.

At the national/global level there will never be one unified place people exchange knowledge on these topics as people and interests specialize. However at the local or state level, online spaces tend to be more unified but almost impossible to find for new people wanting to get involved. So this is our place to start a simple directory of those local/state online groups that are emerging.

 

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