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Graduate Degree:Massachusetts Instititute of Technology
Undergraduate Degree:University of Maryland
Area of Interest:Performance Management and Transparency
Mentor: Professor Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University
Agency:Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Supervisors: Nigel Jacob, Senior Advisor for Emerging Technologies and Chris Osgood, Senior Policy Advisor
Project Description:This summer Robert created an Open Government Strategy for the city, providing recommendations for how the City of Boston can lead by using the Internet to enhance city services and support citizen participation. Following the Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative, the strategy provides recommendations for how to make city data and information more transparent, conduct online participation, and use crowdsourcing to tackle public problems. In addition, he contributed to a number of ongoing initiatives of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, including improving the city’s use of social media, beta testing a mobile app that detects traffic and pavement conditions, and evaluating citizens’ use of the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline. Robert says that the Rappaport Fellowship enabled him to explore a rapidly developing policy area, and collaborate closely with City of Boston staff to create highly customized recommendations. The experience also provided him an invaluable perspective into city government that will enrich his research for years to come.