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Revision as of 15:43, 5 April 2016 by Admin (Talk | contribs) (Mailing Lists - National by Country)

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. 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


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 ...


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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