Posts Tagged: policy

All those who stand and wait

On 21 May 2009, APSC Commissioner, Lynelle Briggs gave a speech to the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy. Entitled All those who stand and wait—putting citizens at the centre, the speech raises some vitally important issues on open government and engagement with the public. I’d like to recommend you read the speech in full.Read… Read more »

What does ‘transparent’ mean for government?

Republished from eGovAU. eGovernment, or government 2.0, is often discussed as a means to create greater transparency in government. However has there been a clear definition of what transparency really means for government in Australia? At the furthest extreme transparency would be like living in a glass house with glass furniture – everyone could seeRead… Read more »

Can we use crowdsourcing to reshape democracy?

Republished from eGovAU. Beth Noveck, director of President Obama’s open government initiative, said in a recent essay, Our institutions of governance are characterized by a longstanding culture of professionalism in which bureaucrats – not citizens – are the experts. Until recently, we have viewed this arrangement as legitimate because we have not practically been ableRead… Read more »

Three Students Awarded AABPA’s Marykathryn Kubat Award

AABPA is pleased to announce the three winners for the 2009 Marykathryn Kubat Award for Student Research. With the Kubat Award, the AABPA hopes to encourage student research and critical thinking which will prepare students for the budget and policy issues they will encounter in their careers, especially public service. Eight finalists presented their researchRead… Read more »

Federal Agency Social Media Policy – examples

After asking for examples via Twitter and govloop- here’s what I’ve received: (thanks to Bryan Klein of NIST and Greg Wilson of LMI) Presentation by Alex Koudry (GSA) given at Gov2.0 bootcamp: Government Policy Needs in a Web 2.0 World from Franciel Dept of Navy policy http://www.doncio.navy.mil/PolicyView.aspx?ID=789 New Media and the Air Force – thanksRead… Read more »

The Catch 22 of government online participation

Republished from eGovAU. Government often has a narrow path to walk when engaging online, some of the measures in place to protect the privacy and security of citizens and government officials can conflict with efforts to improve the transparency and openness of government processes. Hence this article from the New York Times, Government 2.0 MeetsRead… Read more »

Today’s Google Federal talk at Reston Chamber

At today’s talk by Google Federal Director Mike Bradshaw, my table mate and I sent the following tweets. Worth checking out: Google’s public policy blog. Thanks to Steve Ressler for reminding me of this format, originally from David Tallan (Twitter to blog). #wattsyourplan: RT @jonmikelbailey: @wattsyourplan #restongoogle google has 1.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic panelsRead… Read more »

Web 2.0 for government: a unique opportunity?

At a govie staff meeting yesterday, the interesting point was made that there’s potentially a huge advantage to innovating via social media in government because government is more willing to share with government. In other words, there are not the inherent barriers to sharing best practices that crop up in the private sector, where CompanyRead… Read more »