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Government 2.0 Taskforce report released

The Government 2.0 Taskforce has just released its final report – Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0. I’ve been eager to see the release of this report, not only because of its generous attribution to me for the Government 2.0 Taskforce logo and cover design  ;) , but also because it’ll hopefully provide the concise authoritative foundation that the public sector needs – and something I can have under my arm in client meetings.

The main points from the report include:

  • Emphasising the opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 ideas and functionality
  • Showing how Web 2.0 can help the overall government aims of information availability, transparency, accountability, responsiveness and efficiency, as well as public service delivery
  • Defining Government 2.0 as an approach, rather than a technology
  • Highlighting the leadership, culture, policy and governance changes that would have to happen for Government 2.0 to be embraced

There’s loads more, of course, but it seems to stress Government 2.0 as a destination and philosophy. This is important, because it needs to separate itself from the hoopla and hyperbole that mostly gets our attention – and my clients’ attention.

I’ve been involved in several client projects, especially with public sector clients, where there’s been a lot of interest in what Web 2.0/Government 2.0 can deliver for them. I’ve seen some excellent innovative ideas go by the wayside because they’re obfuscated, derailed, or basically dismissed, because the knowledge and experience that business decisions are based on is not authentic or accurate.

Hopefully the Engage report can help with these knowledge and experience gaps, and come to be an authoritative foundation that folks like my clients will be able to refer to.

Read about it at the Department of Finance and Deregulation website, or download the PDF.