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GovHack registration opens - with ten locations across Australia for 2014

GovHack 2014 has just opened for registration with 10 locations across Australia, being:Brisbane GovHackCanberra GovHackGovHack FNQ (Cairns)Gold Coast GovHackGovHack TasmaniaMelbourne GovHackPerth GovHackSydney GovHackUnleashed AdelaideUnleashed Mount Gambier While competition details are not yet available, the official 2014 datasets will be put online over the next two months.There will be a data event a month before GovHack where data custodians can present about the official datasets and…See More
Apr 13
Mark Hammer commented on Craig Thomler's blog post 'APSC's current online participation guidance becoming an unwanted and unneeded distraction'
"We have something similar, though I suppose not as harsh or chilling, here in Canada. There is every good reason to want to provide citizens assurances that their public service - the one they pay for - is faithfully implementing the the laws,…"
Apr 9
Craig Thomler posted a blog post

APSC's current online participation guidance becoming an unwanted and unneeded distraction

There's been a great deal of scrutiny of the APSC's revised guidance on social media participation by public servants since it came into effect in early 2012 (coincidentally about the time I left the public service).Initially dubbed by some parts of the media as the 'Jericho amendments' (sorry Greg!), the 2012 guidance has regularly been criticised by a wide range of…See More
Apr 9
Craig Thomler posted a blog post

APSC's current online participation guidance becoming an unwanted and unneeded distraction

There's been a great deal of scrutiny of the APSC's revised guidance on social media participation by public servants since it came into effect in early 2012 (coincidentally about the time I left the public service).Initially dubbed by some parts of the media as the 'Jericho amendments' (sorry Greg!), the 2012 guidance has regularly been criticised by a wide range of…See More
Apr 7
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Apr 1
A blog post by Craig Thomler was featured

What should agencies do when online services change their terms of use?

Governments around the world now rely on social media services to reach and engage citizens, disseminate information, to monitor what people are saying and source intelligence to help address crises.Many businesses also rely on digital channels for revenue and engagement reasons.So what happens when an online service that an organisation uses updates its terms and conditions in a way that gives them rights that are uncomfortable for an agency or business - such as when a service claims…See More
Mar 28
Craig Thomler posted a blog post

What should agencies do when online services change their terms of use?

Governments around the world now rely on social media services to reach and engage citizens, disseminate information, to monitor what people are saying and source intelligence to help address crises.Many businesses also rely on digital channels for revenue and engagement reasons.So what happens when an online service that an organisation uses updates its terms and conditions in a way that gives them rights that are uncomfortable for an agency or business - such as when a service claims…See More
Mar 28
A blog post by Craig Thomler was featured

Can governments support crowdfunding?

This is a topic quite close to my heart at present, as I'm running a Kickstarter crowdfunding project myself - at www.kickstarter.com/projects/socialmediaplanner/social-media-planner (please check it out!)It's teaching me a great deal about the challenges involved, and I'll be reporting back on this at the end of the process.A broader question is whether governments in Australia are able to support…See More
Mar 26

Profile Information

Current Title:
Online Communications Director
Current Agency or Organization
Department of Health and Ageing, Australia
Educational Background (Degree, School):
Marketing Degree way back when
Project Management Diploma
The rest of my experience is practical
Profile Links - Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
http://egovau.blogspot.com
I work for the government because:
there is a tremendous opportunity to use the online channel to improve the engagement and relevance of government to citizens and the provision of services.

Craig Thomler's Blog

GovHack registration opens - with ten locations across Australia for 2014

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 2:18am 0 Comments

GovHack 2014 has just opened for registration with 10 locations across Australia, being:



  • Brisbane GovHack
  • Canberra GovHack
  • GovHack FNQ (Cairns)
  • Gold Coast GovHack
  • GovHack Tasmania
  • Melbourne GovHack
  • Perth GovHack
  • Sydney GovHack
  • Unleashed Adelaide
  • Unleashed Mount Gambier 


While competition details are not yet available, the official 2014 datasets will be put online…
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APSC's current online participation guidance becoming an unwanted and unneeded distraction

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 1:47am 1 Comment

There's been a great deal of scrutiny of the APSC's revised guidance on social media participation by public servants since it came into effect in early 2012 (coincidentally about the time I left the public service).



Initially dubbed by some parts of the media as the 'Jericho amendments' (sorry Greg!), the 2012 guidance has regularly been…
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APSC's current online participation guidance becoming an unwanted and unneeded distraction

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 11:45pm 0 Comments

There's been a great deal of scrutiny of the APSC's revised guidance on social media participation by public servants since it came into effect in early 2012 (coincidentally about the time I left the public service).



Initially dubbed by some parts of the media as the 'Jericho amendments' (sorry Greg!), the 2012 guidance has regularly been…
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Remember the date - RE blog post on Australian Public Servant banned for wearing Google Glass

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:13pm 0 Comments

Just in case anyone overreacted to my blog post this morning about an Australian public servant being banned from their department's offices for wearing Google Glass, I'd like to remind you of today's date.



April 1.



Note that while the event I detailed isn't real, it's not that far off from reality.



There are at least 8 Google Glass in Australia. There's a number of other personal recording devices already available on the market, such as the…
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Australian public servant wearing Google Goggles banned from departmental offices and warned away from all government buildings

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 7:13pm 1 Comment

I've learnt from a source in a major Australian Government department that a public servant who showed up for work yesterday morning wearing Google Glass was unceremoniously escorted out of the building by security.



The public servant was given written correspondence from HR, signed by a senior manager, banning them access to any departmental offices and was warned away from entering any other Australian Government offices wearing Google Glass until their case was fully…
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At 1:13pm on December 19, 2009, GovLoop gave Craig Thomler a gift
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Craig - You've been big part taking GovLoop message to OZ and abroad. As such, I'd like to honor you as part of select tribe with 2010 Virtual GovLoop Trophy of Awesomeness.
At 3:29pm on July 6, 2009, Don Jacobson said…
Craig - Thanks for joining the GovLeaders group! Please check out "Why We Need to Lead" (if you haven't already) and consider telling us about the best leader you ever worked for.

Don
At 1:52pm on July 6, 2009, Denise Hill said…
Hi Craig,

I multi-task : ). Thanks for asking. Hope all is well.
At 11:30am on June 20, 2009, Jeff Granger said…
Hi Craig,

Thanks for inviting me to connect up as a fellow Aussie.

I noticed your article on GoverningPeople.com. You might be interested to know that the ABS have started taking registrations for TableBuilder, their next evolution of data dissemination for the Australian Census. I work for the company that developed the CDATA Online and TableBuilder software for the ABS, which has given me an interest in the Gov2.0, open government and public data movements.

All the best,

Jeff Granger
At 12:38pm on June 6, 2009, Dr D.C.Misra said…
Welcome to E-government Group.

Dr D.C.Misra
At 1:51pm on December 4, 2008, Michael O. Johnston said…
Welcome Craig,

Please introduce yourself, read our top 10 tips, check out our top groups, invite your colleagues, and let me know if you have any ideas on making GovLoop even better.

Thank You,

Michael O. Johnston
Govloop Community Leader
 
 
 

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