In the UK a Power of Information Taskforce has been looking at the use of web 2.0 technologies for public service purposes. I am providing part of the secretariat to the Taskforce. Yesterday we published a detailed report, in a form which encourages others to comment, and a set of recommendations.
The report is available here: http://poit.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/poit/
The Taskforce is keen to hear from as wide a group of people as possible over the next two weeks – particularly from people in the US – so if you read the report and have something to add, please do comment!!
To give you some flavour, the report says we are still some way from being able to say that public services are making as full a use as possible of the potential offered by evolving internet technologies. We believe that with learning from many sources, there is an opportunity now to take some major steps forward in making this part of the mainstream of public service activity in the UK. The recommendations describe the key actions the Taskforce believes the Government can take in the short to medium term to realise this opportunity and looks forward positively to the debate and responses that they generate.
So, how does this look from a US perspective? Is the UK Government leading the way with this report, or playing catch-up to activity in the states? What about the recommendations? A blue-print for action elsewhere or parochial?
We’d love to hear!
This is also a golden chance to contribute to a wider debate about Government and Web 2.0.