iBurgh has gotten a lot of attention for Pittsburgh, and the potential of creating an E-Democracy movement right here. The principle of E-Democracy is based on the belief that technology like mobile applications, web-based social media, and electronic two-way communication, can be utilized to empower people to have more say in their government.
The benefits for Pittsburgh are two-fold. First, greater public participation means greater transparency and accountability as people take a greater role in their government. Second, the technology produced can be exported from anywhere – Pittsburgh has the talent to build the industry here. Unlike cable tv or phone complaint centers, the initial iBurgh application will be updated to become a two-way mobile communication between government and it’s citizens. With the addition in the next few months of web-based data resources, embedded webcast council meetings, and initiatives to include both community organizations and the city’s tech firms, Pittsburgh will take a worldwide leadership role in this emerging industry.
The launch of iBurgh this week has received a lot of attention, and reports from all across the country and world are putting Pittsburgh in the spotlight. Some of the articles from outside Pittsburgh include:
- Engadget – iBurgh complaint department for iPhone gets to the heart of city living
- Torontoist.com – Pittsburgh and the Enviable iPhone App
- Boston Herald – Pittsburgh’s iPhone Complaint Feature Debuts
- Revolution Magazine – Need a Pothole Filled? There’s an App for That
- The Apple Blog – The iPhone Set to Do It’s Civic Duty with iBurgh
- Public CEO – New Technology Gives Residents a New Way to Complain to Local Government
- TMCnet – iBurgh Lets You Complain to City by Cell Phone
- Gadgetek – iBurgh Complaint Department for iPhone Gets to the Heart of City Living