Government 2.0 Club is an informal organization focused on convening the tribe of technologists and thinkers focused on applying social technologies to the governments worldwide.
A major concern with Web 2.0 and the government
May 4, 2009 at 7:28 pm #71347
This article is from UK but I suspect if a "survey" was conducted on this side of the pond the results would be very similar ...
Security Worries Hinder Enterprise Plans for Social Networks
Mon, May 04, 2009 — Computerworld UK — Half of businesses are delaying collaborative technology plans because they are concerned about security, according to a survey.
But another quarter will forge ahead with plans, even though they are aware of security issues, the survey found. Only 15 percent had resolved their security issues.
Collaborative technology plans include the use of tools that enable people to work together through social networking, instant messaging, wikis and video conferences. Only one in 10 businesses said they did not have any such plans.
Paul Simmonds, member of the board at independent security group the Jericho Forum and integrated assurance director at pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, said that if a quarter of firms would proceed with collaboration despite security concerns, it was "a major indication that collaboration is a prominent direction for business".
"However, to collaborate securely requires a supportive architecture," he said, adding that firms should use "collaboration oriented architecture" whereby they design systems specifically around internal and external collaboration.
Speaking this week at the Infosecurity event in London, Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer at Webroot, which commissioned the survey, said it was "understandable" that businesses were concerned about the security of collaborative technology, given the opportunities to insert malware programs onto websites.
Nevertheless, he advised firms to "embrace collaboration, but deal with security in advance".
May 5, 2009 at 5:29 am #71351
What tools are US government people using behind the firewall to share knowledge
In the UK, we have a firm called Trampoline that has won business with our state telco. called British Telecom and other knowledge management installations
Then there is a Belgian one called Knowledge Plaza that has developed its product with McKinsey
Has anyone used these systems, or seen a demonstration ?
May 6, 2009 at 5:02 am #71349
Is there any efforts by the international standards bodies to develop standards for collaborative software, or better yet (using a term from the 90's) convergent technology?
I think collaborative efforts are the future of both business and personal life success. Already online communities (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) have supplemented and in some cases replaced the traditional networking efforts, business relationships, and in some ways family method of communication.
This is interesting especially with the advent of Web 2.0 and other emerging technologies that enhance the web presence. We are experiencing a shift in the workplace paradigm where an online presence is not a formal requirement but definitely beneficial to employees and businesses alike.
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