Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Governments Willing to Learn From the People on Web 2.0?

The Law Librarian Blog, in a post entitled Government 2.0, draws attention to discussion in the UK of a new official report, The Power of Information, that calls on government institutions to actively engage with citizens who are out there using and inventing new interactive Web 2.0 tools.

The Law Librarian Blog quotes from an article in The Guardian that describes the vision:
"Imagine Government 2.0. Wisdom no longer flows from officialdom to the population, but is co-created with citizens. Civil servants contribute openly to Facebook groups on controversies of the day. Government websites have wiki areas where people can exchange tips about filing tax returns or claiming benefits. Databases of restaurant inspections, tide tables and postcodes are available for all to see and re-use in mashups of geography, time or events. Before launching a new online public service, the government checks to see whether a user community is already doing it better. In short, government learns to let go of the web".

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 12:37 pm


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