By Scholastic on June 26th, 2008
We talk a lot about Web 2.0 in the education space and in the communications industry. We watch as social media continues to completely transform business and The Media. And it’s been on our minds a lot as the election unfolds and armies of citizen journalists on the ground provide unprecedented local– and often, instantaneous– news coverage.
This morning I read a fascinating story about Government 2.0 by The New York Times’ political blogger Katharine Q. Seelye. Of course! (cue energy efficient lightbulb) Beyond the presidential campaigns, I hadn’t thought about how our government engages its citizenry online. Seelye writes about “Rebooting the System,” a recent conference held by the Personal Democracy Forum, a group of Internet experts who explore this very topic.
Some interesting highlights (but, trust me, it’s a must-read):
- The U.S. government has more than 24,000 Web sites, with 24,000 different designs.
- The Department of Defense has a site about herding cats.
- Because of the American Rehabilitation Act (supporting people with disabilities), all government video has to be captioned.
- The Transportation Security Agency (T.S.A., aka your friends who make you take your shoes off at the airport) has had so many complaints about airport security that the agency started a blog.
- T.S.A. uses Twitter!
Seelye quotes Steve Clift of e-democracy.org who said that in a true democracy, everything should be online “unless the law says otherwise.”
What about you? What do you want from your government on the Web? How are you willing to participate in an “e-democracy”?
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