Gov2.0 camp, a few words

Gov2.0 camp, a few words


Gov 2.0 Camp occurred over the weekend, and looks like they got a lot done, though we might not recognize its importance for quite a while.

I'm guessing it's another moment in what might be the Constitutional Convention for networked grassroots democracy, aka "participatory democracy." For sure, Something Big
is happening.

Insights are found in a number of reports, like Government workers debate online citizen engagement. A big issue:

"We all want to hear from the public, but we want to hear meaningful stuff," said Joy Fulton of the U.S. General Services Administration. "How do you filter what's going to help us, and filter out what's just noise?"

One big observation is made by the folks at TechPresident/Personal Democracy Forum:

… Managing Sensitive Data in a Web 2.0 World. Half of the attendees were from the Intelligence Community. The other half were from transparency advocacy groups that fight government secrecy. These groups' interests are seldom aligned, yet it was one of the most lively sessions of the whole weekend: the intelligence geeks were giving the transparency wonks ideas for platforms that can effectively manage the tangle of overclassified (and illegally classified) data that has arisen in recent years.




Following the event via Twitter, people seemed to have a lot of questions around what makes meaningful participation, how to measure success, how to cut through the noise etc.
We hope to dig deeper into these important issues at the upcoming eDemocracyCamp (a barcamp on e-democracy, with a special focus on web-based public participation), April 19 in Washington DC:
It's the Sunday right before Politics Online Conference '09. Would love to have you in case you happen to be in town.
Full disclosure: I am a co-organizer and sponsor of eDemocracyCamp.


To Tim of eDemocracyCamp2 who posted the above comment.
You suggested folks help by advertising your event here and there. You might want to add spreading the word of your event on Craigslist as well.
Craigslist has event calenders, politics classified ads for example.
There is also various World wide CL discussion forums including both political and computer but I;m not sure about the rules for advertising events in those forums.


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