Weekly Round-up: January 27, 2012

 

Weekly Round-up: January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 - 21:50
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 20:44
Articles from across the Web that we found interesting, the week of January 23, 2012

Updated to include Dan Chenok's contributions.

 

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

The Metaphor Edition!

Dr. John Bordeaux

  • The famous saying is: If you're not paying for the service, you are the product.  This has been true for years on Facebook, which pioneered cross-site connections.  Google ups the ante in March, bringing together your personal information across all of their products:  your search history, your email, Google +, etc.  The only way to opt out is to stop using all Google products.  Has Google become the inescapable dial tone?  Are we ready for an escalation in the consumer-as-product economy?\
  • Fascinating look into the changes enabled by social media: How Africa Tweets.
  • Nice piece on the Apple iPad foray into textbooks - this was inevitable and a long time coming.  Favorite quote from the article: “Is there any real learning advantage from electronic textbooks? Probably not,” said Ron Owston, director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies at Canada’s York University. “It will just be more up-to-date learning.”  For U.S. primary and secondary education - that represents a dramatic learning advantage over the status quo. 

Dan Chenok

John Kamensky

  • A Focus on “Disruptive Innovation.”  Bill Eggers, the research director of Deloitte’s GovLab, has written a really useful white paper on why (and how) government should exploit “disruptive innovation” to help agencies achieve more for less.  He points to private sector innovation leading to reduced costs and better performance in areas such as computing power, airline travel, and the use of Zipcars vs. rental cars.  He contrasts this with increased costs in public sector fields such as higher education, health care, and defense and asks why the public sector isn’t achieving the same productivity.  Then he answers it!
  • Is a Department of Competitiveness the Answer?  The Center for American Progress has released a report recommending the creation of a Department of Competitiveness as an approach the Obama Administration’s initiative should consider as it reorganizes the government’s trade functions.
  • Public-Private Effort Creates Innovation Institute.  ACT/IAC has announced a joint public-private Innovation Institute that, according to a story in Federal Computer Week, “will tackle some of the challenges around technology and provide recommendations on how to move forward amid shrinking budgets.”  The Institute will take on up to five projects a year to problem-solve government technology challenges.
  • Mission-Driven Management Summit, March 6-8.  There’s a management summit featuring Dan Pink and David Norton (of the Norton-Kaplan Balanced Scorecard duo).  It’s at the National Press Club downtown.  There’ll be case studies of HUD, FAA, and Maryland’s StateStat, along with updates from key OMB officials on the implementation of the GPRA Modernization Act.

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