Gov 2.0 Hero: Adriel Hampton

Gov 2.0 Hero: Adriel Hampton

What was your path to Gov 2.0?

It really was seeing how the Barack Obama campaign was using low-cost communications to allow folks from all over the nation to get involved with the campaign right from their home computers. That woke up the journalist and activist in me, and I started looking around what was going on in the tech activism space. I was also doing a lot of networking on LinkedIn, and started tinkering around a bit with the Government 2.0 group there. Then, in the summer, Steve Ressler posted on LinkedIn asking folks to check out GovLoop. I joined when Steve’s site was just shy of 1,000 people, and found it extremely valuable in terms of networking around tech-enabled government reform. I also learned a lot about Web 2.0 working with activist Jon Pincus to oppose the first big bank bailout, and I learned that there were all these great applications out there that can be used to make government more democratic, on the cheap.

What area of government offers the biggest opportunity for improvement via Web 2.0 tools?

I think we really have a chance to make it so much easier for people to participate in their government, in terms of getting outside the activist political base and into things like allowing public comments through Web 2.0 apps, whether that’s video or Internet radio or a comment ranking system. In our increasingly busy world, I think Gov 2.0 really has promise in preserving and enhancing civic participation.

What’s the killer app that will make Gov 2.0 the norm instead of the exception?

Can I call time a killer app? We’ve got plenty of shiny new toys, it’s just going to take the behemoth of government a bit of time to get used to using them. Pandora’s box is already open.

What part of Gov 2.0 most excites you?

I’m really excited by the collaboration between different folks in government and the promise of increased citizen participation. I think that as more and more digital natives enter the government workforce, we’re going to see incredible reforms that make government must more user-friendly and citizen-focused.

Adriel Hampton is a journalist, Gov 2.0 and new media strategist, public servant, and licensed private investigator. He is running for U.S. Congress in the 2009 special election for California’s 10th District. His Internet radio show, Gov 2.0 Radio, is live every Sunday at 2 p.m. PST.

About Luke Fretwell

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh, co-founder/CEO of ProudCity and co-host of the podcast, The Government We Need. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at


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