The video, featuring Macon Phillips, White House New Media Director, highlights how government is using new media as a resource for citizens.
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So, look for opportunities to jump in and connect with your government — at our websites and blogs, through videos and photos, in social networks, through widgets, podcasts, and more. Abraham Lincoln knew what he was talking about. This is government of the people, by the people, for the people.
View, comment, rate, participate, and share. The government is paying attention, even as we continue to learn ourselves. The more people engage, the more meaningful all of this becomes, and the more progress we can make.
This collection of essays, interviews, and case studies provides a multi-faceted and nonpartisan account of government as it becomes more transparent, collaborative, and participatory. Each chapter expresses the views of its prominent author, and the book as a whole offers a persuasive argument for transparency and interactivity in government at all levels. As a handbook for advocates of openness and e-government, Open Government provides a valuable mosaic of opinions from leading politicians, journalists, programmers, professors, and visionaries, making it a must-read, particularly in light of current events and technologies.
The beautiful vision: seamless access to government information that is remixable, meaningful citizen interaction with government officials, and improved government effectiveness through realtime data analysis and visualization
Transparency in the U.S. and abroad: solutions to bureaucratic indifference as well as government procurement biased towards proprietary, closed-source vendors
Open, semantic government using Web 2.0 technologies: mashing up government data, knowledge management via wiki, and the open source approach to government
Government 2.0 agenda for public participation: reforming government procurement, mandating the use of open standards, and bringing citizens into the government process
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski discusses universal broadband, spectrum policy, net neutrality, indecency and media ownership rules on CSPAN’s ‘The Communicators.’
It’s such an important time with respect to communications. Our communications infrastructure is increasingly essential to the daily lives of every American. It’s how we communicate with each other. It’s how we work in our businesses. It’s how we participate in our government. It’s how we create jobs and contribute to economic growth. I see our communications infrastructure as our platform for innovation and opportunity for the 21st century, and that’s what really drives what we’re trying to accomplish at the FCC of course, because the FCC is the federal agency that has to deal with this landscape. At the highest level our goals are, one, to promote investment throughout the communications eco-system, two, to promote innovation and thereby promote global competitiveness of the United States, three, to promote competition because that’s how we’ll get the most innovation and investment, and four, to protect and empower consumers.
â€œIn many ways, eGovernment has come of age. The use of IT and digital media is today part of everything government does, so the â€˜eâ€™ is becoming obsolete. â€˜eGovernment is just Government,â€™ as the saying goes, but it is important to realise that the â€˜eâ€™ has changed government forever, and will keep doing so, and hence we now talk about Government 2.0, â€ said John Gotze.
The bookâ€™s contributors touch on a number of different subjects, all related to making government work better. Some deal with getting government data out into the open, breaking down data silos. Others focus on how to interact with the public through interactive websites. Still others discuss how to facilitate organizational change that will open up government.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to take the time to thank every public servant doing his or her part to help refine and rejuvenate our American democracy.
I know this post may come off as corny, but I sincerely appreciate the work you do and the level of engagement you’ve given me, GovFresh and my non-govie peers.
Despite not getting paid a fair market value, or even the respect you deserve, you are in the trenches working against huge culture issues and a public hungry for change.
The push for open data, open source and a more open government isn’t just about social media and Web 2.0 jargon, but a stronger America. Your passion for openness and more citizen collaboration is setting a solid foundation.