Adriel Hampton

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.

Gov 2.0 Radio: Talking Gov 2.0 With TweetCongress




Talking Gov 2.0 With TweetCongress: GovLoop founder Steve Ressler and Steve Lunceford of GovTwit and BearingPoint along with host Adriel Hampton will be chatting it up with the folks behind TweetCongress, Chris McCroskey, Wynn Netherland. More Gov 2.0 Radio »

Gov 2.0 Radio: Talking Web 2.0 Expo and Gov 2.0 Summit w/Tim O’Reilly




Talking Web 2.0 Expo and Gov 2.0 Summit w/Tim O’Reilly: GovLoop founder Steve Ressler and Steve Lunceford of GovTwit and BearingPoint in conversation with O’Reilly Media’s Tim O’Reilly. Adriel Hampton hosting, with special guests Sally Lieber, three-term Assemblywoman from Silicon Valley, and Michael Russell on DC’s upcoming Gov 2.0 Camp. O’Reilly will be taking listener calls. More Gov 2.0 Radio »

Gov 2.0 Radio: Gov 2.0 Camp & Citizen 2.0




Gov 2.0 Camp & Citizen 2.0: Free-wheeling Government 2.0 discussion with hosts Steve Ressler and Adriel Hampton, guest host Ari Herzog, guests Alan W. Silberberg (, Steve Radick (BAH social media lead), Andrea Baker of Navstar and Maxine Teller of MiXT Media Strategies live from SXSW, Jeffrey Levy and Marilyn Clark from the Federal Web Manager’s Council and Social Media Subcouncil, and social media expert Michael J Russell. More Gov 2.0 Radio »