Weekly Round-up August 27, 2010

Here are the articles that caught our attention this week:

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Yes We Can . . . Compare Apples to Oranges

One of the criticisms of the current state of the federal government's open data feeds is that they have yet to produce much measurable change in people's daily lives.  The cartoon below makes that point, as does Matt Rosenberg's 3/17/2010 post, "Mark Drapeau: Gov 2.0 Apps Need Staying Power" in Social Capital Review.  The problem isn't lack of data.  What is missing is two components: First, visualizations of the data that incorporate all the important in

Of Trees and Teleworking

In the past couple of weeks, the DC metro area was wracked by massive storms that compounded commuting woes (and split an apartment building in half).  My commuting time more than doubled.  Much-malig

Friday Round-Up, August 6

Privacy vs. Transparency?

Four items have caught my attention this week, spurred by this post on GovLoop, "Internet: Defining privacy in a public space

Millennials Want Better, Not Smaller Government; Implementation Is Key

The Center for American Progress (CAP) found that millennials, defined as Americans between the ages of 18 and 32, have far greater faith in and expectations of government than their older compatriots.  This proved true regardless of political affiliation or ideological bent.

Profit, Privacy, and Innovation

Give us your cookies, your browser history, your torrid search queries, yearning to breathe free. (Sorry, Emma.)

That's the deepest desire of online marketers, and it is thanks to them that we have so much content and so many applications available to us free, online, every day. Our data is valuable, but not in itself and not by itself, which is why (a) we give it away so easily and (b) why organizations are trying to collect as much data from as many people as they can.

Share Your Cookies!

I've written before that we don't pay enough attention to privacy.

Five Ways Twitter Can Adapt Itself for Government

Twitter is set to hire its first employee in Washington, DC, a Government Liaison.  That’s great news.


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

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