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Government 2.0 challenges — and some solutions

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This afternoon, I was at the New America Foundation’s Wiki White House forum held at Google’s DC offices. It was a fascinating session featuring Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Mindy Finn, director of e-strategy for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, and Sascha Meinrath, research director for the New America Foundation’s wireless future program. I’ll flesh out my thoughts for a full post this weekend, but… you can read my very rough notes here… and you can also search Twitter for people who used #WWH on their posts.

One document that is getting a lot of attention is the one below, Social Media and the Federal Government: Perceived and Real Barriers and Potential Solutions. Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Jason Miller spoke to GSA’s Bev Godwin about this document. That will air on the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris on Tuesday… and it will be posted on WFED’s Tracking the Transition page.

But… read it for yourself.

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Written by cdorobek

January 9, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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  1. Thanks for sharing this with us, Chris. Useful information and it’s great to see gov. really wrestling with social media just like the rest of the business world. While a little later, the adoption cycle may actually be almost identical as far as end date.

    Geoff Livingston

    January 9, 2009 at 2:30 PM

  2. While it is nice to see the government trying to adapt to the modern age, I think we may be better off changing the government more substantially.
    See for example:
    or more practically:

    Alex T

    January 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM

  3. […] Government 2.0 challenges — and some solutions « […]

  4. Chris:

    Sounds like a very interesting meeting — looking forward to the full writeup.

    I read that paper — does a very good job of laying out the stumbling blocks, and making recs for each. Clearly putting a lot on the incoming CTO. He or she will have to be an effective public educator and communicator. It won’t get done by fiat alone.

    P.S. Also thought Gran Torino was very good!

    Chris Parente

    January 11, 2009 at 6:04 PM

  5. […] we told you earlier, the Federal Web Managers Council has created a similar but different document that lists the […]

  6. […] Collaboration Project, and specifically its guidance on legal and policy issues… and the Federal Web Managers Forum’s guidance as well… and I will undoubtedly talk about the CJD-fav Virtual Alabama, which still is one of […]

  7. […] Godwin is a real star who really understands the challenges that agencies face with many of these new technologies. She is part of the remarkable team that makes up , which is a remarkable collaboration of people working to share information about how to use Web 2.0 technologies. (I’m always impressed when people working on collaboration actually collaborate to solve the issues they have. What a fantastic way — and a safe way — way to learn.) Two of their best documents are the Federal Web Managers’ white paper for the Presidential Transition team, Putting Citizens First: Transforming Online Government, which I have posted after the break, and the wonderful Barriers and Solutions to Implementing Social Media in Government, which I have posted here. […]

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