U-speak: the key to open and collaborative governance
- Wednesday, 10 August 2011 11:44
Think of this – a road side bump, a broken street light, an unidentified car parked in the neighborhood since 3 days, an overgrown branch outside window – and all it would take to get these fixed is a snap from mobile phone sent to the city’s public maintenance service!
This is not a dream. We live in a world powered by electronic gadgets connected with each other through the amazing technology called Internet available via wired lines and through the air by means of WiFi and city-wide WiMax and our developers here at gov2u have in already come up with the means to do this quite simply.
U-speak is an online platform which provides citizens with the means to report and comment on everything that directly affects them in their physical environment, from damages in public infrastructure or unwarranted obstacles, to hazardous spots in their area—and to rank their comments, observations or complaints according to the degree of priority they choose to assign.
U-speak is much more than just another interactive forum; it is the key to collaborative and open governance. Its specific features such as Geospatial information systems (GIS) and semantic technology integrated on the platform enables public authorities to administer public planning much more efficiently by processing information in real time and by filtering it to prioritize maintenance according to citizen response.
Governments are well aware that the power emanates from the people—don’t you think that it’s about time we actually use it?