Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Government 2.0 lands in Toronto !

An excellent evening of discussion on Gov 2.0 topics from Wayne Chu and Harvey Low at Toronto City Hall this evening.

Mr. Chu detailed some research regarding the interconnectedness of Twitter networks and the relationships between social media, big media and politics.   Although not directly connected to Government 2.0 initiatives, his informative talk inspired active discussion around how political discussion happens.

Mr. Low gave a sweeping overview of Government 2.0 initiatives, almost a catalogue actually, after his return from the recent Open Govt Partnership conference in Brazil.

There is definitely something coming here, as Mr. Chu pointed out, but when our Arab Spring will arrive is still anyone's guess.  Also unclear is how it will arrive - which audiences will be served first and so on.  While it was explained that many (most ?) Canadians see government in terms of services, it also seemed clear that more "bus apps" aren't what we're waiting for.

Many thanks to organizers of tonight's event.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

ReCivilization - CBC Podcast

This is an excellent series from Don Tapscott giving an overview of the new media revolution.    

Episode 5 is an introduction to new media and democratic reform.

Featured Guests:

Thomas KalilDeputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and TechnologyPolicy
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Inc.

Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, makers of the Firefox web browser

Sir Tim Berners-Lee,  inventor of the World Wide Web

ReCivilization - CBC Podcast