Gov 2.0 Requires Us to Update Our Code

Last week, I talked Gov 2.0 with two Senior Research Fellows at the Mercatus Center, Jerry Brito and Veronique de Rugy.  As advocates of transparency, we were all in agreement that the trend lines over the past two years are good, but that current offerings are woefully short of the mark—and much less than was promised during the last Presidential campaign.

A City App I’d Pay For (But May Not Have to)

Like many other gov/tech enthusiasts, I’ve found this cartoon deeply relevant:

The Other Side of Public = Online

David Brinn’s The Transparent Society points out a central truth in the struggle between privacy and accountability: everyone wants accountability for everyone else, and privacy for themselves.  It’s the same ethic behind the Onion article: Report: 98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others.
Two recent developments showcase that tension: Sen.

Attend Our Digital Capital Week Gov 2.0 Panel: Using GIS to Enhance Citizen Participation

On the Wednesday of Digital Capital Week (DCWeek), I will be moderating a panel that will discuss how to use geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance citizen participation.  DCWeek's June 16 program is devoted to Gov 2.0 and Org 2.0, and this particular panel will examine many topics central to Gov 2.0 conversations: 

Gov 2.0 - Governing the Digital Landscape

Welcome to the inaugural post in a new series from the IBM Center for the Business of Government: Governing in the Digital Landscape.

This series will explore the increasing number Gov 2.0 services and tools, review important Gov 2.0 legislation, and highlight Gov 2.0 events.  Along the way, it will feature interviews of some of the people leading Gov 2.0 efforts as well as those who caution a more deliberative course.

Six Trends Driving Change in Government

Today, government is in the midst of significant changes that have both near-term consequences and lasting impact. Such changes become more complex in nature and more uncertain in effect. At the same time, the demands on government continue to grow while the collective resources available to meet such demands are increasingly constrained. Government leaders, managers, and stakeholders face major challenges, including: fiscal austerity, citizen expectations, the pace of technology and innovation, and a new role for governance.


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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.