Tim O’reilly wrote a nice article in Forbes about the merging of government with open data and the applications world that we have all embraced. I have copied the opening below in addition to the link.
I am a tremendous believer in the power of technology to drive democracy and hope to hear and read thoughts from anyone on this piece and the idea in general.
For me, the core value here is not in the data or tech or apps or even political objectives, it is in the concept of collaborative innovation to truly combine public service with customer service. In a time of fiscal, economic & financial crisis, the capacity to contribute intellectual power should never diminish.
If anything, it is in those times that it should accelerate and in models that combine governance with data transparency, create public & private partnerships and allows citizens to create the tools of their own prosperity instead of simply relying on the “someone” to provide them I find hope and excitement.
I look forward to your thoughts as this is a conversation that should never end.
08.10.09, 06:00 PM EDT
Can government become a platform of, for and by the people?
the past 15 years, the World Wide Web has created remarkable new
business models reshaping our economy. As the Web has undermined old
media and software companies, it has demonstrated the enormous power of
a new model, often referred to as Web 2.0.
a new generation has come of age with the Web and is committed to using
its lessons of creativity and collaboration to address challenges
facing our country and the world. The Facebook Causes application has
more than 60 million registered users who are leveraging the power of
social networks to raise money for charity. Meetup.com helps interest
groups formed on the Web get together in person–and a remarkable
number of groups do so for civic purposes. A quick search turns up
nearly 20,000 meetups devoted to cleaning up local parks, streets and
neighborhoods. Twitter and YouTube have played major roles in helping
organize political protests in Iran’s recent election. Everyblock and Stumblesafely take government crime statistics and turn them into public safety applications for the Web or iPhone. The list goes on.
with the proliferation of issues and not enough resources to address
them all, many government leaders recognize the opportunities inherent
in harnessing a highly motivated and diverse population not just to
help them get elected, but to help them do a better job. By analogy,
many are calling this movement “Government 2.0.”