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Wikinomics co-author Anthony D. Williams

Wikinomics co-author Anthony D. Williams

Regular readers will know that I am passionate about this Web 2.0/Government 2.0 stuff. (I was speaking to the ACT/IAC 2008 Voyagers class today and I like to ask how people define Web 2.0/Government 2.0. The responses were ranged for collaboration to networking to Web-based… My definition is that Web 2.0 embraces the concept that all of us are better then each of us individually. Web 2.0 taps into the Internet and the Web tools that can really enable that collaborative theory.)

So Thursday at 2:30p ET on Federal News Radio 1500 AM and and online at on our mid-day show, InDepth with Francis Rose, I am going to join Rose for a conversation with Anthony D. Williams, co-author of the book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.

Williams, who spoke at IAC’s Executive Leadership Conference last year, is spearheading nGenra’s (formerly NewParadigm’s) Government 2.0 project. [See Williams’ 2007 post on the project here.]

OMB is one of the backers of the Government 2.0 project.

My connection to the Government 2.0 project… and Williams bio after the break…
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September 17, 2008 at 10:36 PM Grassley likely to keep his Williams hold

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Off topic — today is the birthday of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Grassley, of course, is the man who has a quixotic hold on the nomination of Jim Williams to be GSA administrator. Grassley’s beef, of course, is over what he believes are misdeeds of Williams to get a GSA schedule contract for Sun Microsystems. Of course, Gassley contends that Williams’ actions cost the government money. Sun has since decided to walk away from the schedule contracts, which is more likely to actually cost the government money. (Both are equally unprovable, but… fact are overrated anyway.)

Grassley’s staff sent Williams and GSA a whole slew of questions in the interest of resolving the hold that the Iowa Republican has put on Williams’ nomination.

Well, don’t look for that to be resolved any time soon.

Capitol Hill sources tell me that the Senator’s staff is still not satisified — and the letter is to come as soon as this week.

It’s too bad.

Of course, Williams was gracious enough to appear on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief on Monday. Hear the interview with Williams here, where we touch briefly on this subject. [.mp3]

Written by cdorobek

September 17, 2008 at 9:21 PM