Weekly Round-up: October 8, 2010
- People are paying to play a game while it's being written. What are the lessons for government? Perhaps that people are willing to pay for unfinished services provided that their input has an impact on the final product.
- National Public Radio (NPR) released the results of its Twitter survey. What does the profile of your agency's new media consumers look like? NPR found that it's Twitter users were different than it's Facebook users and different also than it's listeners overall. Question: will it change it's Twitter behaviors accordingly?
- The FCC is opening up white spaces for unlicensed use. Farhad Manjoo writes about the exciting implications of faster, further-reaching WiFi.
- FourSquare wants you to live a better life. The location-aware game now rewards people for more than just showing up; people can earn badges for healthy living. Could governments team up with game-makers to reward civic living?
- More good news for privacy. It would seem the government cannot attach a GPS to your car while it's in your driveway and then use it to track your motions without obtaining a warrant.
- O'Reilly Media's Alex Howard takes me to task for leaving out journalism in my consideration of Citizen 2.0: Coordinator. I still think it falls squarely within Creator, though I failed to mention the profession explicitly.
- President Signs Transition Modernization Bill. President Obama signed a bill that will smooth the transition between presidents. The bill allows earlier access to planning monies and office space by candidates.
- Recovery Act Spending on Time, on Budget. According to the Washington Post, a new White House report (which seems to be no where on its website) says that 70 percent of the $787 billion in the Recovery Act has been disbursed. The Post says report gives high marks to states and localities for saving or producing 3.5 million jobs. Typically, 5 to 7 percent of government contracts generate complaints. Recovery Act programs have generated less than 2 percent. Here’s a related White House report: “One Hundred Recovery Act Projects Changing America.”
- Technology execs release recommendations to save $1 Trillion. Top technology executives released a set of recommended strategies based on corporate best practices that federal agencies could use to cut costs and improve performance over the next decade. The report was quickly endorsed by OMB. The IBM Center is sponsoring a blog exploring in depth the various strategies cited in the report. Read the report: "Strategies to Cut Costs and Improve Performance"
- Making the Difference spotlights jobs and internships for federal entry-level job seekers.
- A challenge is afoot that asks emerging designers and architects to turn a midcentury federal office building into a model of environmental efficiency.
- Federal Computer Week reports on a survey finding that social media sites are the most widely-used Gov 2.0 tools.
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