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  • Blog Post: Gov2.0 and Facebook ‘Like’ Buttons

    I am all for Gov2.0. I think that it can genuinely make a difference and help bring public sector organisations and people closer together and give them new ways of working. However, with it comes responsibility, the public sector needs to understand what it is signing its users up for. In my post...
  • Blog Post: All looks great, but why do we need Gov2.0?

    I was working with one of our teams in the Middle East to help them prepare for a presentation to a group of Government CIO’s around Gov2.0.  I put together some slides for them, got some background reading, example sites etc and sent it over.  Then came the question - ‘Thanks James, all looks...
  • Blog Post: Governments engaging using Social Media

    There are three interesting posts this week from various sources around Social Media.  First one really underlines why it cannot be ignored.  After reading the post ‘Social media now more popular than personal email – Neilsen’ and looking at the statistics of internet usage I have to admit...
  • Blog Post: Government 2.0 Examples: Good and Bad

    Like all things there are good and bad examples of Gov 2.0.  One of the main drivers for Gov 2.0 should be a reduction in cost of communication with citizens and I came across two separate examples with different outcomes. Spenta , a Spanish partner who specialises in SharePoint, CRM and .net development...
  • Blog Post: Should government own our data?

    I know when someone first started to describe to me the concept that the government should not hold data about me, but rather I should hold it instead – it took me a little while to understand why this was a good thing. A paper has been released by the Centre for Policy Studies (an independent right...
  • Blog Post: The dark side of Gov 2.0

    I am rather enjoying Andrea DiMaio’s latest post – It is time to explore the dark side of Government 2.0 .  As I have noted a few times here , here and here not everything is always rosy in the Gov 2.0 garden.  One of the issues that I see is the speed at which governments are feeling that...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0 in Local Government: Yammer or Twitter?

    Gov 2.0 can and will effect all levels of governments and associated agencies. Over on the Headstar e-government blog there is a case study of Web 2.0 in Local Government which sparked my interest for two reasons. Firstly and totally unrelated to the subject in hand is that it is about Brighton and Hove...
  • Blog Post: Putting government data online

    Tim Berners-Lee has published a set of notes that he has written after talks with various people in the UK and US governments.  They are pretty rough and high level, but interesting to see the direction he is taking after his appointment . It is good to see a health dose of realism already coming...
  • Blog Post: Do we have to define Gov 2.0?

    There is so much being written about Gov 2.0, about what it means to different people - however we have no ‘formal definition’.  Personally I am one of those people who does not really care if we cannot all agree on a definition – Gov 2.0 will continue to change, lets not tie it down. I rather liked...
  • Blog Post: We need more that just Employee-Centric Government

    Andrea DiMaio the Gartner eGov blogger posted yesterday about Governments needing to be “employee-centric” to get Gov2.0 to work – ie. without support from within their own organisations and from their own employees their transformation efforts will fail. The post entitled Citizen-Driven Government Must...
  • Blog Post: Gov2.0 and Data

    An important thing happened today, and hopefully it will influence the Gov2.0 direction that the UK takes. The Cabinet Office has announced that Tim Berners-Lee is helping the UK government to be more open and accessible on the web.  So aside from some kudos points for getting the inventor of the...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0 – Why Governments need to engage

    There are a number of reasons why Governments need to start looking at Gov 2.0.  One of those reasons is because citizens are using these tools to talk about what is going on in Governments already.  Governments need to get involved in these online debates and start putting their viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0 can fail

    I referenced some of the issues that Gov 2.0 can come up against in some previous posts, and it is going to be interesting watching the successes and failures in this space over the next few years.  In the post Welcome to America 2.0 I highlighted the UK site www.togetherforlondon.org , a Social...
  • Blog Post: Should Governments have websites?

    There have been a number of different threads discussing whether Government should even have web sites at all.  Starting back in the spring last year the Garner analyst Andrea Di Maio proposed ‘The future of Government is no Government’ , and since then the theme has been picked up by a number of...
  • Blog Post: What am I talking about?

    I have to admit, I do think Wordle is great. It is a really interesting way of viewing what is being talked about in blogs, web pages etc. Thought I would run it against this blog and this is what it produces: It would be interesting to see how politicians react to seeing their talks reduced down...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0 Examples – Mayor of London

    Boris Johnson the Mayor of London is now on twitter.   However, just because you are on twitter does not make you Gov 2.0.   1,318 people following you, and you are following no-one? Not very Gov 2.0.  OK, so lets tell Boris; lets feedback to him that we would like to be able to engage...
  • Blog Post: Key learnings for Gov2.0 success

    Edelman a global PR firm has released a whitepaper entitled ‘Barack Obama’s Social Media Toolkit’ , which takes a really good look at some of the lessons learnt from the campaign.  It lays these lessons out in 10 key learnings that can easily be used by other government organisations looking to...
  • Blog Post: Gov 2.0 Examples – Number10.gov.uk

    Funny that you tend never to notice things in your own back yard!  After scouring the world for good examples of Gov 2.0, I realised that the 10 Downing Street web site is pretty good. It is a good clean looking site with blogs, speeches and transcripts, press notices, webchats, a Number10 Web TV...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to America 2.0…

    With the inauguration of Barack Obama today in Washington, Web 2.0 has really come of age.  From the very first moment the campaign started for President, the use of Social Networking stood out from campaigning methods of old – and it delivered. There is no going back now, Governments around the...
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