Why is the Grateful Dead like USSOUTHCOM when it comes to open government?

Despite contemporary wisdom that traditional journalism is in decline, the 150+ year-old publication known as The Atlantic hasn’t lost its edge for writing substantive and thoughtful news commentary. I love this month’s article, Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead, where Joshua Green argues that the Grateful Dead pioneered Internet business models before there was an Internet.

If you are interested in understanding how open and collaborative communities form across distances, look to the legions of Deadheads who connected, followed and enabled one of the most culturally and financially successful bands in history. The Grateful Dead gave their music away for free and it elevated demand, innovation and participation.

This same phenomenon is what the Obama Administration is striving for with open government – give the data away freely and allow innovation and participation to follow.

Minds in the Cloud: Government gets its head right

FedScoop has launched Minds in the Cloud, a new cloud computing video series featuring ‘technologists from the government, non-profit, and private sectors discussing their views on the importance of the cloud.’ Initial interviews include U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra and NASA CIO Linda Cureton. The series will run once a week for 25 weeks and is sponsored by Intel and Microsoft.

White House announces ‘Open Government Directive’

The White House today announced its Open Government Directive, instructing agencies to open their operations to the public and providing a framework for doing so. The directive was accompanied by a Open Government Progress Report to the American People.

From the White House:

The three principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration are at the heart of this directive. Transparency promotes accountability. Participation allows members of the public to contribute ideas and expertise to government initiatives. Collaboration improves the effectiveness of government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation within the federal government, across levels of government, and between the government and private institutions.

Newmark, Chopra talk Gov 2.0 on CNET TV

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra discuss Gov 2.0, transparency, health care, online voting, citizen engagement, net neutrality and more on CNET TV.