Gov 2.0 Week in Review

Will Gov 2.0 be the next Internet boom? Yesterday’s special report from Businessweek explored some of the entrepreneurs that are finding success applying government data and innovative technology to deliver better services. As SeeClickFix’s Ben Berkowitz put it, government 2.0 is a way of “redistributing governance to the hands of citizens.”

This week’s review is necessarily heavy on the video, people and services that were featured in the past week’s Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C. You can find aggregated coverage of “#g2e” at the Expo website and videos on YouTube. Make sure to catch Tim Berners-Lee on Data.gov.uk and open government, Tim O’Reilly’s conversation with U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra about government as a platform and Kate Lundy on the path to open government.

Hari Sreenivasan also interviewed Tim O’Reilly about life in the data cloud, Facebook, privacy and more for the PBS Newshour. Video is embedded below:

This past week also saw the launch of America Speaking Out on Microsoft Town Hall and the official registration of Law.gov. You can read more about Carl Malamud’s vision for Law.gov at public-resource-org.

More news, exclusive interviews, video and government 2.0 resources after the jump.

Ideas and imagination from the Expo

What other memorable moments came from the Expo? When I asked what was still resonating with attendees this morning, one answer was clear: the people. The event convened an amazing gathering of people from around the world, the United States and the District itself. A slideshow of speaker and panelists is below:

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A succession of speakers, workshops and hallway conversations informed, inspired and challenged the thousands of people gathered at the Washington Convention center. Many of those speeches are embedded below, including exclusive interviews. Govloop has aggregated many blog posts about Gov 2.0 Expo. The lessons and highlights of the Gov 2.0 Expo, by Aaron Smith and Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet and American, provide excellent perspective and analysis based upon their first-hand experience. Australian federal senator Kate Lundy, who spoke on Wednesday and participated in a panel on “government 2.0 around the world”, shared her reflections on Gov 2.0 Expo on her blog, including many of examples from the Australian Gov 2.0 showcase.

Innovative startups and established vendors that help government innovate, provide e-services or deliver better governance demonstrated their wares on the Expo floor. The Kellogg Foundation demonstrated NewOptionsAtWork.org, adding to a field of technologies used for civic good that now includes Ushahidi or Oil Reporter, the open data initiative and smartphone apps released by Crisis Commons that will enable response organizations to report from the oil spill. Random Hacks of Kindness will partner with Crisis Commons this Saturday in “hackathons” across the United States next Saturday, as the Google Code blog explained.

ESRI demonstrated the ArcGIS mapping platform on a public stage for the first time. As NextGov reported, the White House has authorized ESRI to tie together Data.gov with GeoData.gov.

On the final day of the Expo, Jeff Jonas described the grim reality of spear phishing and identity theft posed by Gh0stNet and similar cybercriminal networks. Video of his keynote is embedded below:

“We’ve launched the most ambitious open data initiative in HHS history,” said Todd Park CTO of Health and Human Services. During his Gov 2.0 Expo keynote, embedded below, Park asked the community to help rename the Community Health Data Initiative.

Park also sat down for an interview before his keynote on open data and innovation:

“How can we make federal acquisition better?” asked Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner at the General Services Administration. Davie has used blogs, wikis, Twitter and crowdsourcing platforms to explore how procurement could be approached differently. Her keynote is embedded below:

“We know that people are inspired by grand challenges, like going to the Moon,” said Anil Dash of Expert Labs. His keynote is embedded below:

“Social networking can provide information about not just where to go but also how to volunteer,” said Sonal Shah. Shah shared the Text4Baby project and All For Good as examples of connection technologies during her keynote, which is embedded below:

Price Floyd from the Department of Defense talked about “doing it first and asking permission later” when it comes to social media interactions that accomplish mission-critical goals. One example he provided was the website for the NATO training mission, which features multiple languages and social media channels. “The audience for this is outside of Afghanistan: the diaspora,” said Floyd.

“Most important is that people around the globe have the ability themselves to develop tools,” said Alec Ross, emphasizing a priority at the State Department’s Internet freedom agenda. His keynote on engagement and innovation is embedded below:

You can find many more videos from the Gov 2.0 Expo on the O’Reilly Media YouTube channel.

One video you won’t find on that account is the following interview with the CIO of Manor, Texas, Dustin Haisler, where he talks about how he’s using technology to deliver better services to citizens in his town.

Perspectives about passion and transparency from outside of government

Transparency Is Not Enough,” said danah boyd. To realize the benefits of releasing government data, information literacy is essential. boyd emphasized that digital literacy was a key aspect of Knight Commission report on information needs of communities. Mathew Ingram explored whether data transparency is enough at GigaOm.

Kathy Sierra also received great reviews for her talk on “creating passionate citizens.”

Special Gov 2.0 Expo coverage from Information Week

Aggregated below are special reports from Information Week Government, coupled with video from O’Reilly Media. You can find many more videos from the Gov 2.0 Expo on the O’Reilly Media YouTube channel. Look for more video to go live next week.

Gov 2.0: Washington D.C. To Launch Private Cloud
The District, one of the leaders in technological innovation in the government space, will be launching a startup incubator and engaging its tech community in application development.

Gov 2.0: NASA Readies Mission-Oriented Cloud Computing
The Nebula cloud computing environment will provide on-demand computing and storage to NASA scientists and engineers.

Gov 2.0: Cloud Success Hinges On Collaboration
Microsoft’s Brad Smith delivered the message that private and public sectors need to collaborate for government to realize the promises of cloud computing.

Gov 2.0: Government Design Winners Announced
The Sunlight Foundation’s “Design for America” awards honored IRS.gov, the U.S. passport form, and other projects that successfully merged creative design and government data.

Embedded below is the Sunlight Foundation’s announcement of the winners.

Gov 2.0: Google Readies Government Cloud
Google has already been approved as a FedRAMP launch vendor. The search engine giant has now submitted materials to certify a government-specific cloud.

Gov 2.0: Secrets To Social Media Success
Dan Zarrella, Hubspot’s resident social media scientist, shared social media tactics to that can help government officials to engage citizens. Zarrella sat down to offer additional advice in an interview after his workshop:


Gov 2.0: Army Competition Spurs App Development

The Apps for Army app contests sparked development of 53 applications, with more than half of them created for mobile operating systems.

The website for the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is one the most social National Park Service platforms around.

A pediatrician who tweets, blogs and thinks about rebooting health care? Meet @Jay Parkinson. He maintains an excellent blog.

Denice Ross built gnocdc.org to share neighborhood data about New Orleans recovery.

Government 2.0 Bits and Bytes

The White House released its new National Security Strategy (NSS) this past week and posted the “blueprint” on the White House blog. The Obama administration took questions on the NSS using video chat on Facebook and Twitter. The White House also leveraged its iPhone app and WhiteHouse.gov/live to stream the president’s comments regarding the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, following up on its post on the response to the Deepwater BP oil spill. And, as has become its tradition, it released West Wing Week, embedded below:

The United States General Services Administration, or GSA, will run government-wide contests on a new prizes-for-solutions platform from Challenge Post. Wired posted an excellent piece on the news, “U.S. Challenges Citizens to Solve Its (Our) Problems.”

The State Department posted details of how “Partners for a New Beginning,” its mechanism for approaching private-public partnerships.

In 12 Don’ts for Gov 2.0, Professor Liz Losh talked about what to avoid. She also stopped by WAMU to talk about Gov 2.0 on the Kojo Show.

How can a state government do much more with much less? Scarcity of resources has driven California to deliver e-services over the Internet and leverage social media to engage citizens and collaborate on governance. “When we cut off government from Web 2.0, we make government culturally irrelevant,” said Carolyn Lawson, deputy director of the Technology Services Governance Division in the office of the CIO of California. Lawson sat down for an interview about California’s efforts at the Gov 2.0 Expo:

The Senate passed a teleworking bill for federal employees. Teleworking was the topic of one of Gov 2.0 Expo sessions, as described at CTOVision.com.

Cybersecurity reforms suggested by various committees were included in the Defense authorization bill that was expected to pass the House this Friday. Cloud computing security was a hot topic at the Gov 2.0 Expo. CTOVision posted an excellent summary of the cloud security session as well.

The FAA will be required to adopt new communication systems by 2020.

Facebook responded to concerns voiced by government & brands regarding its new Community Pages.

The Smithsonian is advancing is mission with social media.

GovTwit founder Steve Lunceford is disappointed with the way Twitter handles verifying government accounts. Twitter’s vice president of communications, Sean Garrett, tweeted that “Twitter will soon do better with verifying Gov accounts. We are aware of the importance.”

The organizers of the Open Government Community Summit on Monday asked attendees to email notes to OpenGovPlaybook.com.

Andrea Di Maio wrote about the World Congress on Information Technology in “From E-government to Open Government: Back to the Future.”

An excellent post by Kristy Fifelski emphasized that local government is an essential part of the Gov 2.0 movement.

The Guardian published a good piece on open government in the in United Kingdom, “Information is power.”

WhosReppin.me surfaces legislators who represent a constituent’s location from the Sunlight Labs API and adds NPR stories about that geographic area.

The Center for Disease Control joined Twitter as @CDCgov.

NASA joined the World Wide Web Consortium.

Sarah Granger posted an excellent list of 100 women in government technology at Govfresh. The list is embedded below.

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Carl Malamud spoke about digitizing public domain video at “Copynight” at the National Archives.

NextGov published an excellent piece on government and virtual worlds.

The National Science Foundation is applying a supercomputer to build a 3D model of the Gulf oil spill.

NASA TV is now in beta for the iPhone.

And the “InfoLadies of Bangladesh are changing the way its citizens live, learn and work, not to mention exposing corruption in its government.

If you have news and resources about the past week in government 2.0, please add them to the comments, send to alex@oreilly.com or reply to @digiphile on Twitter.

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  • Zubin Wadia

    Hi Alex!

    Thanks for an excellent overview – I would also like to highlight CiviGuard and our work in the Civilian Emergency Communication 2.0 space:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3zasoz6V6I

    We are working with the City of Manor for a deployment in June and have 9 slots remaining for our 6 month pilot!

  • Ryan

    What an incredible amount of videos, very good content and informative Gov 2.0 info. Another good article about White House CIO http://ht.ly/24QCK