September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

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From left Carlos González, Maryanne Luxburg and Adrian Cardena
Among the many conference panelists and experts were Carlos González, Maryanne Luxburg and Adrian Cardena.

A Smart Approach to Government

Miami Dade College recently hosted a conference titled “How Smart Governance is Transforming Local Government in the Americas.” Organized by the International Republican Institute (IRI), the talk gathered public officials along with academic and innovation practitioners at Wolfson Campus to discuss the use of technology to strengthen democratic governance.

With Latin America and the Caribbean now boasting the fastest-growing Internet community in the world, smart governance practices can enable responsive, transparent and inclusive policy decisions that can help build trust in democratic institutions and create dialogue between public officials and citizens.

This conference featured interactive panel discussions on experiences, challenges and advances in applying technology to drive democratic governance; partners showcasing projects, methodologies and toolkits; and a series of talks on the future of smart governance. The conference also highlighted innovative practices that can improve public administration and citizen inclusion in developing and implementing public policy.

Other sponsors of the conference included Greenberg Traurig, LSN Communications and the National Endowment for Democracy.

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