Weekly Round-up: November 09, 2012

  • Deputy FEMA Cheif thanks the crowd.  On Gov.Aol, Deputy Administrator Rich Serino thanks volunteers who provided aerial imagery analysis in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.
  • From DCWeek, advice on socialgov. Alice Lipowicz writes up a cheat sheet with five tips for social government success.


Dan Chenok

Emerging Innovation and Social Media Trends: Always-on Connected Devices

Of the five trends I outlined in my last post, the first, Always-on connected devices, is so fundamental, so important, so paradigm-shifting, that it is quickly becoming invisible.

Weekly Round-up: November 02, 2012

Five Emerging Innovation and Social Media Trends and Why They Matter Now

Social media and a renewed emphasis on innovation and DIY—exemplified by the MakerMovement and the rise of intrapreneurs—is transforming how government agencies operate and how they interact with citizens.  Within the past four years, the n

Smart policies for Smartphones: Acceptable Online Activities During Work Hours

I'm in Seoul, South Korea, this week for a Global e-Government Forum.  Seoul is 13 hours ahead of Washington, DC, so for more than half the day, it's tomorrow.  But that's not the only way that Seoul is in the future.  The smell of kimchi mixes with the omnipresent electronica of smartphone rings and tablet notifications.  The Samsung building is visible from my hotel room, and its logo appears on at a majority of devices I've seen in this city.

Smart Policies for Smartphones: Managing Productivity

Some companies, famously, have game rooms for employees.  Most organizations require that their employees abstain from gaming while at work, and some go so far as to block not only gaming Websites, but many social sites as well.  When employees bring their own smartphones to work, however, and when they connect to the internet using their own networks, employers cannot simply block a site on their own server and think they've solved the problem of distracting technology.

Weekly Round-up: October 05, 2012

  • Of Slivovitz and Twitter.  This somewhat-ambiguous independent clause of the first sentence of this Washington Post article says everything you need to know: "The Secret Service has formally adopted new policies on the use of alcohol and social media, "
  • Of Quads and Quora.

The Next Four Years: Citizen Participation

Americans, even before they were Americans, have always practiced participatory government.  In fact, one of the most famous documents that serves as an example of citizens participating in their governance was written and signed before its authors even set foot on Western soil: The Mayflower Compact.

Weekly Round-up: September 28, 2012

  • Social Engineering in a Flow Chart.

Smart Policies for Smartphones: Connecting Personal Devices at Work

their personal devices to work computers and networks?

Three years ago, the satirical news site, The Onion, published a story titled "Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring At Glowing Rectangles."  One early paragraph reads:


Innovation Fellow, Emeritus
IBM Center for The Business of Government
600 14th Street, NW Second Floor
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Gadi Ben-Yehuda was our Innovation Fellow for the Center for The Business of Government. In the five years that Mr. Ben-Yehuda was with the Center, he was a speaker, panelist and moderator for events with State Department, Department of Labor, Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and other agencies. He also delivered presentations both nationally and internationally, at SxSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, the Global eGovernment Forum in Seoul, South Korea, and conferences in venues ranging from Washington, DC, to New York City, and Las Vegas, NV, to Burlington, VT. He was a prolific writer, with articles appearing on the Center’s blog, in Government Executive and Fast CoExist. He is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Vine. Mr. Ben-Yehuda has worked on the Web since 1994, when he received an email from Maya Angelou through his first Web site. He has an MFA in poetry from American University, has taught writing at Howard University, and has worked in Washington, DC, for nonprofits, lobbying organizations, Fleishman-Hillard Global Communications, and Al Gore's presidential campaign. Prior to his current position, Gadi was was a Web Strategist for the District of Columbia's Office of the chief Technology Officer (OCTO). Additionally, Gadi has taught creative, expository, and Web writing for more than 10 years to university students, private-sector professionals, and soldiers, including Marines at the Barracks at 8th and I in Washington, DC. Gadi is also a member of ACT-IAC.