Obama Directs a New Web 2.0 friendly Communication Policy

The text of this Press Release appeared in the 1/26/09 Federal Register and would seem to begin the process for the issuance of a formal OMB Circular promoting government communication by Web 2.0 technologies: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 21, 2009 January 21, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS… Read more »

You Make Time to Provide Links. Want to Know Whether People Click Them?

A couple of posts ago, I said I’d discuss Tweetburner, which produces short URLs at I have a free couple of minutes, so here we go. There are many services out there now that will shorten a URL for you, so some hideous mess like this one from EPA’s news releases database:!OpenDocument turns… Read more »

A Panel Discussion, “Internet Technology in the Obama Age”

By Dennis D. McDonald Monday night’s panel discussion in Washington DC sponsored by Johns Hopkins University, “Internet Technology in the Obama Age: Helping People Change Government,” had a top notch and diverse set of panelists: * Joe Trippi (Joe Trippi and Associates) * Adam Conner (Facebook’s Washington DC Associate for Privacy and Global Public Policy)… Read more »

examples of how real-time access to structured data can improve agency performance and collaboration?

Vivek Kundra, the DC CTO, and I are writing, a book Democratizing Data, (i.e. “Democratizing data makes it automatically available to those who need it when and where they need it based on their roles and responsibilities, in forms they can use, and with the freedom to use it as they choose — while simultaneously… Read more »

Capturing History Before it Disappears

Imaging the following scenario below being kept in a a file, in a basement, in a library forever, never seeing the light of day. Possibly of use to many, but untouchable to almost everyone. Would you keep it in that format as you have it? Keep it buried in a basement or an archive? Or,… Read more »

Your State Has a Great Website: So What?!

Originally posted at the GenerationShift blog. In preparation for a workshop that Ari Herzog and I will be facilitating on March 26 at the Advanced Learning Institute’s Social Media for Government Conference, I spent some time this afternoon reviewing a report by Darrell West of the Brookings Institution called “State and Federal Electronic Government in… Read more »

Prez, A little help for local government please!

When doling out some part of the 1 trillion dollar economic stimulus package in 2009, perhaps President Obama and his leadership team could think a little more broadly about enabling local government and education to take advantage of new Web 2.0 technologies to support true fundamental change in the way that citizens communicate with government…. Read more »