Last week, I told you that the Navy has issued the government’s first Web 2.0 policy. Today on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke to Robert Carey, the chief information officer for the Department of the Navy, about the policy.
It was really to provide some cover for folks who are clamoring to get in the space and might have been a little bit fearful with it so that they could press on into the new way of collaboration and sort of group thinking using IT.
Carey says he doesn’t feel this is going to constrain anyone and is trying to keep the guidelines fairly broad, while providing examples of how the technology could be used.
My sense is, is that this will not offer constraints, but it will make people think when they want to go forward, which is, again, what I wanted them to do. I want them to think about security as they move forward into the information sharing domain. I don’t want them to just wholly plunge in without regard to some of the constraints that are, in fact, real live issues out there. So, the thinking of moving into Web 2.0, I think will occur and is occuring — the “I must add a couple of variables into that” is one of the outcomes of this memo I was trying to achieve.
Carey says the memo is just the beginning. He says he envisions guidelines that evolve with the technology, which will ultimately create what he calls Web 3.0.
RSS feeds and mash-ups and wikis and blogs — all those things . . . none of those is new in 2008. They’ve been around a little while. Have they been deployed? It’s hit or miss in the federal space. It’s starting to get traction because the workforce sees these things as tools to enable and outcome that they desire — and so I imagine, as technology evolves, that we will have to capture those evolutions of technology and decide where we want to put guidance out on each particular advance that’s made.
Read the full story here. You can also hear both parts of our interview. Hear part one here. [MP3] Hear part two here. [MP3]
You can also read the five page document for yourself here [PDF] and find it on the Navy’s CIO site here [link to a PDF].
UPDATE: You can also find the policy after the break.
Here is the Navy’s Web 2.0 policy.