Weekly Round-up - September 14, 2012

  • Using the Internet to Raise Money for Cities.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about "kickstarter for civic projects."  One site that's doing that, Citizinvestor, is off the ground, with five entries from three cities, including four petitions and only one project. Will it gain momentum?
  • Using Data to Earn Money for Entrepreneurs.

Smart Policies for Smartphones: Accessing official data on personal devices

Data is often compared to water: people talk about data purity, data flow, and of course, data leaks.

Weekly Round-up: September 07, 2012

This week is all about innovation.

Managing Security and Productivity in an Era of Ubiquitous Personal Connectivity

New college graduates entering the workforce this year may have gotten their first iPhone before they started college.  They may have gotten their first email address while they were in middle school.  While students who graduated from college even five years earlier were doing research on their laptops in dorm rooms, this year's graduates could fact-check their professors during their lectures on high-speed wireless networks using devices that weigh less than a bottle of water and fit surreptitiously in a pocket or purse.

Weekly Round-up: August 24, 2012

Review of Ines Mergel's "A Manager’s Guide to Designing a Social Media Strategy"

Social media have been changing the way companies and government agencies operate since the middle of last decade--upending long-held ways of doing business and reshaping the relationship between government and citizens. Though more than 100 million Americans are members of a social media site like Facebook or Twitter, few government agencies have explicit policies for interacting through those platforms. Indeed, many are still in the process of developing clear guidelines for social media administrators, lawyers, public affairs officials.

Weekly Round-up: August 17, 2012

Despite this annually-repeated Slate  magazine article, I love August.  In Washington, DC.  Where British officers and diplomats used to receive benefits and pay for Tropical Duty.

And this August, I have an extra reason to like this time--the panel picker for SXSW is open and I have an entry.  I've also seen some other great Gov 2.0 submissions which deserve your attention:

Review of "Guarding the Social Gates," by the Altimeter Group

A virus that lives in only one kind of medium will not be terrifically successful.

The most dangerous--and thus successful--viruses can live in their host, where they replicate their own code, but also in media like air, water, and even other hosts in which they cannot replicate, but can hitch a ride from one ideal medium to the next.  That is true for viruses based on RNA, as well as those based on ones and zeros.


Go (South by South)West, Gov 2.0!

As in prior years,South by Southwest (SXSW, or just SX for initiates) is crowdsourcing their panel selection, and as in prior years, there is a host of Gov 2.0-related offerings.  Of the 3,123 proposals this year, 82 have been tagged as "Government or Citizen Engagement."  Those tagged include presentations on law, coding, public participation, open government/innovation, and news from the nexus of politics, technology, and social media.

Youth Is Different Now: How 20 Is the New 30, and what that Means for Millennials, Xers, and Boomers

This article is neither rebuttal nor follow-up of Cathryn Sloan’s “Why Every Social Media Manager Should Be Under 25,” but an investigation into the question “are today’s young professionals different than those entering the workforce 20 years ago.”


Innovation Fellow, Emeritus
IBM Center for The Business of Government
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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.