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For the I School Community

Dinner & Data: Open Data, Open Government, and Social Impact

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Discussion leaders:

  • Alan Steremberg, former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow; co-founder, Weather Underground

  • Corinna Zarek, Senior Tech Policy Fellow, Mozilla Foundation; former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Discussion themes:

  • What are the foundational democratic principles around making governments (and their data) open to the people?

  • How do we encourage government to make data available for innovation?

  • What are the principles around not making data available, or not letting data be used?

  • What is the role of public/private partnerships?

  • How do we empower the social sector to use data and build?

  • Who are the global leaders in this work and how are we seeing it scale?

  • Case study: open data and criminal justice reform

Dinner will be served.


Advance registration required. Space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is restricted to School of Information students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Participation is by invitation only.

Registration deadline: Friday, October 19, 12:00 pm.

Alan Steremberg co-founded and was president of the Weather Underground, which was the second largest Internet weather site before it was acquired by the Weather Channel in 2012. He subsequently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow with the NOAA, where he helped create the Big Data Project, which makes large quantities of NOAA data available in public clouds. He currently advises startup and early stage technology companies through Steremberg Consulting.

Corinna Zarek is Senior Tech Policy Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation, where she focuses on the open source software movement in governments. Before joining Mozilla, Cori was Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House where she led the team's work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government. Previously, she was an attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues.


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Dinner & Data: Making Technology and Innovation Work for Social Impact

This fall, the I School is hosting a series of five seminar-style conversations, led by experts in technology, data science, and social sector innovation.

We hope that the series will encourage discussion among those working in the field on how the public sector and civil society can leverage data and technology to address critical social issues.

The series will be open to a limited number of I School students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars and invited social innovators.

Dinner will be served.

Last updated:

October 18, 2018