BBL | When and How do Digital Technologies Strengthen Citizen Voice and Collective Action?

May 26, 2015
Washington, DC

 

 

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability with the Governance Global Practice and The World Development Report 2016 on Internet for Development invite you to a BBL:

 

 

When and How do Digital Technologies Strengthen Citizen Voice and Collective Action?

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:30 –2:00pm Room J6-050 701 18th Street NW Washington DC

Download the BBL Report here

 

 

 

Light lunch will be served. Visitors Please RSVP with name and organization to gpsa@worldbank.org, in order to obtain a visitor pass.

 

 

Presenters
Zahid Hasnain
Senior Public Sector Specialist

 

Jonathan Fox
Professor, American University

 

Tiago Peixoto
Governance Specialist, World Bank

 

Discussant
Susan Crawford
Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School

 

Chair
Roby Senderowitsch
Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank

 

 

The 2016 World Development Report will examine how the internet can be a force for development, especially for the poor in developing countries. This BBL will explore whether the internet—shorthand for digital technologies—has made governments more accountable by helping to strengthen citizen voice and collective action. The BBL will be based on a summary of the WDR chapter's findings, and a background paper examining 24 cases of digitally enabled social accountability initiatives. The presentations will highlight the Report's analytical framework and explore why the impact in many cases has been disappointing.

 

Zahid Hasnain
Zahid Hasnain is a Senior Public Sector Specialist in the World Bank. His interests are in public financial management, public administration reform, open government, citizen participation and accountability for improved service delivery. He has published a number of working papers and journal articles on these topics. He has worked on Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Serbia, and Vietnam. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

 

Jonathan Fox
Jonathan Fox is a professor at the School of International Service at American University. His research addresses the relationships between accountability, transparency and citizen participation, and he has carried out field research in rural Mexico since 1982. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Oxfam-America and Fundar (Mexico) and is a member of the International Expert Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership.

 

Tiago Peixoto
Having worked for 10 years as a practitioner and researcher in the field of ICT and participatory governance, Tiago is currently an open government specialist at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank, Tiago managed projects and worked as an advisor and consultant for various organizations in the field of participation and technology, such as the European Commission, OECD, the United Nations, and the Brazilian and UK governments. He is also research coordinator of the Electronic Democracy Centre, a joint venture of the European University Institute, the University of Zurich and the Oxford Internet Institute. Tiago holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science from the European University Institute, as well as a Masters in Organized Collective Action from Sciences-Po Paris.

 

Susan Crawford
Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at the Harvard Law School (2014) and a co-director of the
Berkman Center. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Ms. Crawford was formerly a (Visiting) Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School (2008-2010). As an academic, she teaches Internet law and communications law. She was a member of the board of directors of ICANN from 2005-2008 and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22.

 

Roby Senderowitsch
Roby Senderowitsch currently serves as Program Manager of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). He previously served as Country Manager of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, his work in the Bank included a strong focus on political economy analysis, building coalitions for change, anti-corruption, and performance based management of public institutions. Before joining the Bank, Roby work with several NGOs in Argentina and Cuba, where he served as the Field Representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has been a lecturer in Human Resource management in nonprofit organizations, as well as director of educational programs and community development and human resource management in the private sector. Roby holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Buenos Aires and a series of postgraduate courses at Harvard and Stanford University