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California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, writing with Lisa Dickey, offers stimulating ideas about the possibilities of a more open, robust democracy in the digital age. His title evokes popular games like Farmville, in which people improve virtual farms. In Newsom’s future, people improve their communities. He loads his book with examples of how government can create innovative solutions that engage citizens directly. He also cites many possible beneficial results of increased direct engagement. getAbstract recommends his forward-looking thesis to anyone intrigued by a civic future that offers an alternative to partisan gridlock and policy paralysis.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How gaining access to government information can empower citizens,
  • Why making it fun for citizens to interact with government serves the public good and
  • How government could use an open information platform to stimulate civic participation.

About the Authors

Gavin Newsom, the current California lieutenant governor, is the former mayor of San Francisco. Freelance writer Lisa Dickey has collaborated on nine nonfiction books.



Government Is the People
Unlike most government agencies, citizens and businesses are accustomed to wireless technologies, social media-enabled collaboration, less privacy and a greater degree of transparency. For government to catch up, it must rethink these issues.


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