Gov 2.0 News and Coverage

Announcing at the Gov 2.0 Summit

by George Krebs  Sep. 10, 2010
The annual Gov 2.0 Summit wrapped up this week. Among the many roll outs, innovations, and talks from across government, Managing Director Steve VanRoekel and Chairman Julius Genachowski took the stage to announce the launch of At launch the page currently features an initial sweep of developer APIs including… read more

Identify pills with new NIH web tool

[CNN Health]
by Elizabeth Landau  Sep. 10, 2010
Poison control centers get more than 1 million calls a year about medicines that need to be identified. And maybe you've been in situations when pills seem to wander away from their labeled bottles, and you don't know what they are.... read more

Gov2.0: Challenge.Gov Aims to Make Government More User-Friendly

[PBS Newshour]
by Chris Amico  Sep. 08, 2010
Two of the most consistent themes at this week's Gov2.0 Summit is that government is bad at making the things it needs and it spends far too much on bad technology.... read more

Gov2.0: D.C. Helps Other Governments Learn to Open Up

[PBS Newshour]
by Chris Amico  Sep. 08, 2010
Among Gov2.0 advocates, Washington, D.C., is one of the major cities to watch for its efforts to provide open data to citizens and software developers as part of its civic services.... read more

Carl Malamud: Internet Has Yet to Revolutionize Legal Industry

[PBS Newshour]
by Hari Sreenivasan   Sep. 08, 2010
Carl Malamud has been fighting for transparency issues since before most of us started using 28k modems, since before there was a movement and conferences devoted to Gov2.0 principles. His most recent focus is, a project by that aims to increase transparency in the rules that govern our… read more

At Gov 2.0 Summit, Democratizing Data Is the Watchword

[PBS Newshour]
by Chris Amico  Sep. 07, 2010
The Rundown is covering this week's Gov2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., where a mix of technologists, activists and industry professionals have gathered to talk about methods to run governments in more open and useful manners.... read more

Gov2.0: Challenge.Gov Aims to Make Government More User-Friendly

[PBS Newshour]
by Chris Amico  Sep. 07, 2010
Two of the most consistent themes at this week's Gov2.0 Summit is that government is bad at making the things it needs and it spends far too much on bad technology.... read more

Colliding with the Social Web

by Michael Hackmer  Sep. 10, 2010
The 2010 Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, DC, brought together a high-caliber collection of thought leaders from the federal government, tech industry, SIs, the business community and others. The conference's overarching theme was that it ... read more

Gov 2.0 | Pillbox Hopes to Create Cure for Disparate Drug Data

[PBS Newshour]
by Hari Sreenivasan and Chris Amico   Sep. 08, 2010
If you've ever found an unconscious loved one with nothing more but a nearby pill and a glass of water as clues, you would certainly want a service that could help you quickly and easily identify what drug might have been ingested.... read more

Why We Must Get Rid of Open Government

by Andrea Di Maio   Sep. 08, 2010
During the Government 2.0 Summit being held in Washington D.C., as reported by Federal News Radio, Ellen Miller - founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation - openly criticized the accomplishments of the US federal administration around open government. In particular she focused on the little achievements in terms… read more

FCC to preserve all blog comments on regulatory actions

[Federal Computer Week]
by Alice Lipowicz  Sep. 08, 2010
The Federal Communications Commission will now include blog comments from the public as part of the commission's official record for regulatory actions, according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.... read more

Summit covers wide range of Web 2.0 topics

[Federal Computer Week]
by Alice Lipowicz  Sep. 09, 2010
High-level speakers at the Gov 2.0 Summit held Sept. 7-8 provided wide-ranging discussions about Web 2.0 applications, public engagement, freeing government data for public use, and energizing the open government community.... read more

Gov 2.0 vs. the Beast of Bureaucracy

by Andrew McAfee  Sep. 10, 2010
Tim brought a bunch of us together at the Gov 2.0 Summit earlier this week to discuss how the geek toolkit is being used to improve the work of government. A lot of the talks are available online at O'Reilly's YouTube channel (my talk ... read more

White House Announces

[OMB Watch]
by Gavin Baker  Sep. 10, 2010
At the Gov 2.0 Summit this week, White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin announced plans to build a government-wide platform - and set a goal that such videos would garner millions of views over the next year.... read more

Exploring the future of online privacy with Jules Polonetsky

by Alex Howard  Sep. 08, 2010
How will regulations and laws that address the new challenges of online privacy evolve? What are the tradeoffs between societal benefit and individual rights? How should the opportunities inherent in data mining be balanced with harm-based standards? What are the responsibilities of governments, businesses and citizens to protect privacy?... read more

David Eaves on Gov 2.0, Open Government and Open Data in Canada

by Alex Howard  Sep. 08, 2010
"If you read only one blog in the Gov 2.0 space, you should read" - Tim O'Reilly. My interview with David Eaves on open government and open data at today's Gov 2.0 Summit is a reminder why my publisher would offer that ringing endorsement. We talked about the risks… read more

FCC Launches APIs and Development Engagement Platform

[Huffington Post]
by Alex Howard  Sep. 09, 2010
The Federal Communications Commission is adopting the notion of making government as platform as it reboots for the 21st Century. Yesterday at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, FCC Chairman Genachowski and FCC Managing Director Steven VanRoekel announced a new developer initiative that will offer unprecedented opportunities for companies… read more

What Do Government 2.0 and Cloud Have in Common Beyond the Hype?

[Gov Loop]
by Tim Evans  Sep. 09, 2010
Gartner's Andrea DiMaio writes: Last night I decided to spend a couple of hours replaying videos from the Gov 2.0 Summit held in DC on September 7 and 8. Two things struck me. First of all, the obsession of Tim O’Reilly and friends with the term “government as a platform”,… read more

World First, Gov Second

[Gov Loop]
by Stephen Peteritas  Sep. 09, 2010
I'll say this expertise is overrated. Woah.. where did that come from? We'll sitting at the Gov 2.0 Summit something said by Elizabeth Coleman of Bennington College really resonated with me: start with the world then bring it back to government. Yes expertise is valuable in it's small tiny sector… read more

OnePeople:The government doesn't look good naked.

by Gunnar Hellekson  Sep. 09, 2010
So 19 months into the Open Government Directive, we seem to have a backlash. The government has spent millions of dollars collecting, organizing, and cataloging its data to make it more available to the public. An unprecedented effort. Some of this data is frivolous, some of it is valuable, but… read more

Gov 2.0: brings citizens, government together for ...

by Luke Fretwell  Sep. 08, 2010
The General Services Administration has launched as part of an effort to help "government and the public work together to find solutions." Citizens can vote to support a challenge, contribute to a discussion board and federal agencies can post their own challenges to the site. According to the… read more

Do You Have What it Takes to Change Government and Create Gov 2.0?

[Gov Loop]
by Steve Radick  Sep. 09, 2010
As I've said many times before, Government 2.0 isn't about technology, but what that technology enables. When the TSA rolls out an initiative like the IdeaFactory, developing and implementing the technology is the easy part... read more

As California goes, so goes the nation?

[O'Reilly Radar Gov 2.0]
by Alex Howard  Sep. 09, 2010
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen endorsed building trust through open source voting systems in interviews at the Gov 2.0 Summit.... read more

The Challenge of Open Data and Metrics

[Gov Loop]
by David Eaves  Sep. 08, 2010
One promise of open data is its ability to inform citizens and consumers about the quality of local services. At the Gov 2.0 Summit yesterday the US Department of Health and Human Resources announced it was releasing data on hospitals, nursing homes and clinics in the hopes that developers will… read more

Online Privacy: FTC Mulls New Ad Tracking Rules

[Internet News]
by Kenneth Corbin  Sep. 10, 2010
At the Gov 2.0 Summit, one official says consumers still aren't aware of how much they're being tracked online. That concern could have serious implications for both Internet users and the marketers who want to reach them.... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: Project Envisions Shared Government Technology

[InformationWeek ]
by Elizabeth Montalbano  Sep. 08, 2010
Civic Commons aims to bring federal, state and local IT operations and services together by sharing applications and IT resources.... read more

Civic Commons code-sharing initiative bids to reduce government IT costs

[O'Reilly News]
by Alex Howard  Sep. 08, 2010
Civic Commons, a new project launched at the Gov 2.0 Summit, will help city governments reduce costs and inefficiencies by sharing the software they develop.... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: Labor CFO Discusses Cloud Pitfalls

[Information Week Government]
by J. Nicholas Hoover  Sep. 08, 2010
If the Department of Labor had to move its financial systems to the cloud all over again, it would plan better, says the agency's CFO.... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: NSA Chief Outlines Cybersecurity Plans

[InformationWeek - All Stories]
by Elizabeth Montalbano  Sep. 08, 2010
Teamwork, global leadership and respect for privacy are necessary as feds work to secure critical infrastructure, the National Security Agency's Gen. Keith Alexander said.... read more

Light moments from the Gov 2.0 Summit

by Alice Lipowicz  Sep. 08, 2010
The Gov 2.0 Summit conference in Washington opened this week with a serious look at how federal agencies are using Web 2.0 technologies to promote transparency, public engagement and improved customer service. It featured senior White House officials that included federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and federal Chief Information… read more

Feds Invite Public's Help With

[Internet Evolution]
by Nicole Ferraro  Sep. 08, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Gov 2.0 Summit -- The federal government is wild about Websites, with its latest being, a site for crowdsourcing solutions to problems. debuted here yesterday, on stage at the Gov 2.0 Summit, as a way of incorporating prizes and competitions into the government's open strategy. read more

Sophomore slump for Open Government?

[Federal News Radio]
by Max Cacas  Sep. 08, 2010
In recent years, one of the Obama Administration's biggest and best supporters when it comes to open government efforts has been the Sunlight Foundation. But now, the head of that group is openly questioning the administration's ability to deliver on its promises of data transparency and open government. ... read more

Better, faster, cheaper ... emergent

[O'Reilly Radar Gov 2.0]
by Jim Stogdill  Sep. 08, 2010
In this response to Carl Malamud's Gov 2.0 Summit speech, Jim Stogdill says that demonizing the "beltway bandits" without addressing the root cause -- the lock-in incentives inherent in a single-customer market -- will just lead to new ways to lock them in. Fixing government IT means fixing incentives and… read more

Day Two of the Gov 2.0 Summit | Governing People

by Alex Torpey  Sep. 08, 2010
Yesterday, Tim O'Reilly kicked of the Gov 2.0 summit by saying that we must end the era of the vending machine services government and move to an open collaborative platform.... read more

Gov. 2.0 summit: Government can communicate with citizens in new ways

[Washington Post]
by Lisa Rein  Sep. 08, 2010
The Gov 2.0 movement keeps gathering steam--and interest from the private sector. A two-day summit, "Opening the Door to Innovation" concludes Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt in Washington. Participants include a slew of leading government technology experts in education, health care, energy, jobs and financial reform, who are rethinking how… read more

NSA Director says citizens' privacy will never be compromised

[Help Net Security]
by Zeljka Zorz  Sep. 08, 2010
"As the director of NSA and the commander of U.S. Cyber Command, I have an obligation to the law and to the American people to ensure that everything we do in cyberspace preserves and protects our civil liberties and operates legally under the constitution, while concurrently conducting our mission," said… read more

NSA: U.S. Must Secure the Internet

Sep. 08, 2010
According to National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander, the United States federal government has the overarching duty and responsibility in securing the Internet to safeguard against cyber-criminal activities. Top military officials concurred with Alexander, but the government still has yet to provide details of how it intends to… read more

NSA chief: "Internet is fragile"

[The Hill]
by Gautham Nagesh   Sep. 07, 2010
The United States' increasing reliance on the Internet makes securing our networks from online threats more crucial than ever, according to National Security Agency director and U.S. Cyber Command commander Keith Alexander.... read more goes live

[Fierce Government]
by Molly Bernhart Walker  Sep. 08, 2010
Agencies seeking to host public competitions that promote federal goals need look no further than, said a clutch of senior information technology executives Sept. 7 during the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C.... read more

FCC Chief Touts Changes To Commission Website

[National Journal]
by Eliza Krigman  Sep. 07, 2010
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Tuesday announced several new features that have been added to the commission's website that he said would help "unlock the agency's data."... read more

Magazine eNewsletters Reprints/License Print Email FCC Opens Door On Broadband Speed Tests, License Status

[Multichannel News]
by John Eggerton  Sep. 07, 2010
The Federal Communications Commission is making it easier for John Q. Public to massage and manipulate its data on broadband speeds and check out the status of various agency licenses.... read more

FCC Offers New Developer Tools

[Radio Ink]
Sep. 07, 2010
September 7, 2010: The FCC has launched a set of developers' tools designed to improve access to agency information,along with a developer community based at read more

FCC posts data sets, plans site redesign to be more like a dot-com

by Brian Kalish  Sep. 07, 2010
The Federal Communications Commission launched on Tuesday a website aimed at unlocking government data previously inaccessible on the Internet and said a redesigned site will go live before the end of the year.... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: Lessons from TED | Daily Blog World

[Daily Blog World]
by Kelly Ferraro  Sep. 07, 2010
Transparency, access, engagement, participation, and collaboration are the common themes that tied together the nine different presentations during today's Gov 2.0 Summit session "Fueling the Innovation Economy"... read more

Is open government closing?

[Gov Fresh]
by Luke Fretwell  Sep. 08, 2010
Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller said what's been on many minds of late during her 'Open Government Scorecard' speech at Gov 2.0 Summit today. In a nutshell, "the drive for transparency appears stalled," she said. Miller highlights the lack of data quality on and and gives an… read more

White House, FCC Get With the Program at Gov 2.0

[Internet News]
by Kenneth Corbin  Sep. 07, 2010
At a prominent conference celebrating the drive toward open government, officials from the White House and Federal Communications Commission come with announcements in hand.... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: Lessons from TED

[360 Digital]
by Kelly Ferraro  Sep. 08, 2010
Transparency, access, engagement, participation, and collaboration are the common themes that tied together the nine different presentations during today's Gov 2.0 Summit session “Fueling the Innovation Economy“. ... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: FCC Offers 'Citizen Developer' Tools

[InformationWeek ]
by John Foley  Sep. 07, 2010
As part of its open government push, the agency introduces four APIs and a website that make FCC data available as web services. read more seeks to expand public's engagement

[Federal Computer Week]
by Michael Hardy and Alice Lipowicz  Sep. 07, 2010
White House and General Services Administration officials today launched a new Web site for agencies to post contests to engage people with the government.... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: Call For National Scanning Initiative

[Information Week Government]
by Elizabeth Montalbano  Sep. 07, 2010
The federal government must rethink how it approaches IT if it wants to achieve open government goals, said founder Carl Malamud, and make digitizing government data a priority. read more

Carl Malamud Takes the Long View

by Nancy Scola  Sep. 07, 2010
"In matters of style, swim with the current,' said Malamud this morning in his speech at the Gov 2.0 Summit this morning, quoting that American philosopher Thomas Jefferson. "In matters of principle stand like a rock." ... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit: Feds Launch Online Prize Platform

[Information Week]
by Nick Hoover  Sep. 07, 2010
In a bet that prizes -- from a chance to cook healthy school recipes alongside White House chefs to a cash award of $10 million -- will entice members of the public to help promote government initiatives and participate in answering questions and solving problems posed by government, the White… read more

NSA Director Says U.S. Has a Duty to Secure the Internet

by Dennis Fisher  Sep. 07, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The United States has a responsibility to take a leadership role in securing the Internet against both internal and external attackers, a duty that the federal government takes very seriously, the country's top military cybersecurity official said Tuesday. However, Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and… read more

The Curious Case of's Missing $1.3 Trillion

[Fast Company]
by Austin Carr  Sep. 07, 2010
The Obama administration is committed to transparency, at least in theory. To track the mountains of cash we're spending on contracts, wars, programs, initiatives, and stimulus packages, the government launched, a tool designed to help the public understand where our tax dollars are heading. And where is all that… read more

Gov 2.0: Advocate Calls USA Spending Data 'Useless'

[Information Week Government]
by Elizabeth Montalbano  Sep. 07, 2010
Sunlight Foundation director Ellen Miller questions the federal government's commitment to transparency initiatives. read more

At Gov 2.0 Summit, Democratizing Data Is the Watchword

[PBS Newshour]
by Chris Amico  Sep. 07, 2010
The Rundown is covering this week's Gov2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., where a mix of technologists, activists and industry professionals have gathered to talk about methods to run governments in more open and useful manners.... read more

Fix Needed for Spending Data

by Brian Kalish  Sep. 07, 2010
The Sunlight Foundation said on Tuesday that it launched, a site that will analyze data from read more

Day One of the Gov 2.0 Summit | Governing People

by Alex Torpey  Sep. 07, 2010
First up at the Gov 2.0 Summit is O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly who just finished welcoming guests to the event. The clear theme of the conference is looking at government not "as a vending machine of services" but rather as a ... read more

Happening Now: Gov 2.0 Summit

[O'Reilly News]
by O'Reilly Media  Sep. 07, 2010
Innovators from the public and private sectors are coming together in Washington, D.C. for the Gov 2.0 Summit. We're on-site producing videos and interviews, all of which you can find through Radar and the Gov 2.0 Summit conference site. Check back often for the latest.Recent Gov 2.0 Summit coverage:Bringing open government to courts "Spontaneous collaboration"… read more

Check out Gov 2.0 Summit today and tomorrow #g2s #gov20 ...

by Eric Brown  Sep. 07, 2010
Gov 2.0 Summit brings together innovators from government and the private sector to highlight technology and ideas that can be applied to the nation's great challenges. In areas as diverse as education, health care, energy, jobs, ... read more

Bringing open government to courts Harlan Yu on how "privacy by obscurity" in court records is changing.

by Alex Howard  Sep. 06, 2010
As court records increasingly become digitized, unexpected consequences will result from that evolution. It's critical to be thinking through the authentication, cost and privacy issues before we get there. Harlan Yu, a Princeton computer scientist, worked with a team to create online tools that enable free and open access to… read more

Gov 2.0 advocates put government, technology together to find solutions

[Boston Globe]
by DC Denison  Sep. 04, 2010
As a capacity crowd at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge's Kendall Square settled into their seats one evening in August, Laurel Ruma stood to the side of the podium, previewing her five-minute presentation. "I'm here to get government organizations to allow more access to their data,"… read more poised for an overdue overhaul

by Alex Howard  Sep. 03, 2010
Gov 2.0 Summit, 2010 For an agency that is charged with regulating communications, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has been a bit behind the curve in evolving its online presence. was launched in June 1995, redesigned in 1999, and relaunched again in September 2001. Since then, it has remained… read more

Gov 2.0: Applying open data to open government

by Alex Howard  Sep. 01, 2010
Earlier this summer, the Knight Foundation convened a panel of experts on open source and open government at the 2010 Future of News and Civic Media Conference at MIT to consider whether open data can be used to fuel positive social change. If you missed the event or video when… read more

An Exclusive Governing People Preview of the Gov 2.0 Summit ...

[Governing People]
by Alex Torpey  Sep. 01, 2010
On September 7th and 8th, some of the most engaged, creative and innovative minds will converge at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC for the 2010 Gov 2.0 Summit. read more

Gov 2.0 Summit Preview: GIS-Powered Government Data

[Geographical Information System]
by James  Sep. 01, 2010
While government agencies are already making wide use of geographic information systems, the Obama administration’s Open Government Directive provides an opportunity to do even more with GIS, according to market pioneer Jack Dangermond. At the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., next week, Dangermond will outline new initiatives aimed at… read more

Crowdsourcing National Challenges With the New

[Read Write Web]
by Alex Howard  Aug. 31, 2010
Next month, the federal government will launch a new .gov website with a big idea behind it and high hopes that there will be big ideas generated within it. is the latest effort in the evolution of collaborative innovation in open government. Should the approach succeed, challenges and contests… read more

Weekly bits of interest 30 August 2010

[Australian Government Innovation Blog]
by Alex Roberts  Aug. 30, 2010
Developments and articles of interest from the last week... read more

Collaborative innovation in open government: Is there an app for that?

by Alex Howard  Aug. 30, 2010
Could contests help us realize the vision of participatory democracy outlined by Thomas Jefferson, where citizens collaborate with government to solve the nation's most difficult problems? The White House hopes so. As the Federal Times reported this morning, agencies are trying to crowdsource their way out of problems. ... read more

TWiT TV Special Live Report: Gov 2.0

by Leo LaPorte  Aug. 27, 2010
Hosts: Leo Laporte, Tim O'Reilly and Jennifer Pahlka How the democratization of technology can help build better government. Guests: Carolyn Lawson, Andrew Hoppin and John Wonderlich ... read more

On Language: Putting Government 2.0 in Context

[Wall St. Journal: All Things Digital]
by Alex Howard  Aug. 30, 2010
Does the public need to understand what the term Government 2.0 means? Many look to my publisher, Tim O'Reilly, to explain, given that he has written eloquently about the topic and worked with Dick O'Neill to convene the Gov 2.0 Summit last year.... read more

O'Reilly talks government, Web 2.0

by Kim Hart and Tony Romm  Aug. 27, 2010
GOV 2.0 GURUS GATHER - Tech thought leader Tim O'Reilly (who coined the Gov 2.0 catch-phrase) tells Morning Tech he thinks the government is making slow progress in implementing technology to become more efficient and offer better services. It's not a new concept, and it's one federal CIO Vivek Kundra… read more

O'Reilly: Government needs to close the feedback loop

[The Hill]
by Gautham Nagesh  Aug. 25, 2010
The government must take a page from the technology industry by learning how to measure the effectiveness of its programs, according to tech evangelist and O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly. As a well-known digital publisher and organizer of events like the Gov 2.0 Summit, O'Reilly is a key figure in… read more

Applying the lessons of Enterprise 2.0 to Gov 2.0 - O'Reilly Radar

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Aug. 27, 2010
Gov 2.0 Summit, 2010 The insights McAfee has gained from years of research into the use of social software by large organizations have broad application to understanding how and where technology will change government, and it's the ... read more

Instapundit Blog Archive THE HILL: Government needs to close ...

by Glenn Reynolds  Aug. 26, 2010
As a well-known digital publisher and organizer of events like the Gov 2.0 Summit, O'Reilly is a key figure in the movement to increase the federal government's use of technology to engage the public. But he argues the focus on getting ... read more

Gearing up for the Gov 2.0 Summit | Demand Satisfaction!

Aug. 25, 2010
That's why I'm excited to attend the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington D.C. on September 7-8. The overall schedule is astounding, and I'm honored to be speaking on a panel with Craig Newmark (Craigslist) and Peter Levin (Department of ... read more

Gov 2.0: DoD, Agencies Pilot Afghan Info Sharing

[Information Week Government]
by J. Nicholas Hoover  Aug. 25, 2010
The Department of Defense and intelligence community hope to spark information sharing with a new effort to set up deploy Internet access and collaboration tools in Afghanistan. read more

What Is Gov 2.0? Putting SEC Data Online, In 1993

[Huffington Post]
by Alexander Howard  Aug. 24, 2010
What is government 2.0? Some days, it seem like there are as many definitions for Gov 2.0 as there are people. Tim O'Reilly says Gov 2.0 is all about the platform. In many ways, Gov 2.0 could be usefully described as putting government in your hands. And in three weeks,… read more

Get ready for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit

[Federal News Radio]
by Chris Dorobek  Aug. 23, 2010
It's the meeting of the tech minds. Get ready for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit. The two day conference will highlight education, health care, energy, jobs, and financial reform. Dick O'Neil is the founder and president of the Highlands Group, and a co-chair for Gov 2.0 Summit. read more

Cost is only part of the Gov 2.0 open source story - Washington, D.C. CTO Bryan Sivak adds realism to his open source advocacy.

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Mac Slocum  Aug. 23, 2010
Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer for the District of Columbia and a speaker at the upcoming Gov 2.0 Summit, has honed his open source message. Instead of lower cost, which he says is not the "panacea everyone thinks it is," Sivak instead focuses on the volunteerism and transparency open source… read more

The Communicators: Technology Used for the Public Good

Aug. 21, 2010
The use of technology for the public good is the subject of three interviews from the GOV 2.0 Expo, held in Washington DC in May 2010. Hear how maps and community data was used in the days leading up to and after Hurricane Katrina, and the unintended consequences of putting… read more

Genachowski to speak at Gov2.0 Summit

by Kim Hart & Tony Romm  Aug. 17, 2010
HEAR IT HERE FIRST - Julius Genachowski will speak at the Gov2.0 Summit here in D.C. Sept. 7. He and the FCC's Steven VanRoekel will discuss the agency's redesign and rebranding efforts, slated to be complete by the end of the year. More info: read more

Gov 2.0 Summit Releases Speaker and Program Updates for 2010 Event: Cisco, Microsoft, and VMware Take Main Stage, Opening the Door to Innovation

[O'Reilly News]
by TechWeb  Aug. 06, 2010
San Francisco, CA, August 6, 2010 - O'Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb, co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events, today release Gov 2.0 Summit's new lineup of industry influencers hitting the conference stage. Key Federal figures join industry heavyweights like Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, Palantir,, and… read more

Alexander Howard: Emergency Social Data Summit Highlights the Role ...

[The Huffington Post]
by Alexander Howard  Aug. 16, 2010
... media and NGOs can collaborate in unprecedented ways using innovative technology. That's one reason, amongst many, that I'm looking forward to hearing Ory Okoloh speak about making states better at the Gov 2.0 Summit in a few weeks. ... read more

@SG on Twitter's Government Liaison and Plans for Gov 2.0

[Read Write Web]
by Guest Author  Aug. 14, 2010
Over the past four years, thousands of government officials, representatives and agencies have joined Twitter. Over 200 members of the U.S. Congress are on the service now, according to TweetCongress. How will the social media darling of Silicon Valley serve the government market? What will its first "government liaison" do?… read more

Gov 2.0 Week in Review

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Aug. 06, 2010
As Tim O'Reilly wrote this morning, the upcoming Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington will be about opening the doors of government to innovation. His argument that "Gov 2.0 is all about the platform" has continued to mature since last year's ... read more

Hearing those digital cries for help

[ O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard   Aug. 11, 2010
New research from the Red Cross shows that online, people increasingly rely on social media to seek help in a disaster. As ReadWriteWeb reported, the Red Cross survey found that 74 percent of social media users expect help within an hour... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit Spotlight: Fueling the Innovation Economy

[Gov 2.0]
by Jaimey Walking Bear  Aug. 11, 2010
Real innovation doesn’t just mean tinkering around the edges. It means remembering your goals, and finding a new way to get there. At Gov 2.0 Summit, we’ll explore some of the most exciting new sources of innovation, and how they can be harnessed by government, as envisioned by some of… read more

"Knowledge is a mashup"

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Vanessa Fox  Aug. 10, 2010
This Smithsonian Commons project is a marriage of government resources and the web's capabilities. It combines offline and online information, makes experts available in any topic you could want, provides global collaboration, and gives everyone access to valuable knowledge. And since it's driven by iteration and immediate feedback, the Commons… read more

Gov 2.0 Summit Spotlight: The Power of Platforms

[Gov 2.0]
by Jaimey Walking Bear  Aug. 09, 2010
If there’s one thing we learn from Apple’s iPhone, it’s the power of a platform to spark innovation. Apple revolutionized the smartphone market not just by producing an innovative phone, but by opening up that phone to independent developers. As if by magic, the 15 to 20 applications they designed… read more

Interviews From the GOV 2.0 Expo

Aug. 07, 2010
The Communicators sat down with attendees at this year's GOV 2.0 Expo in Washington DC. First, Jeffrey Carr, the CEO of Greylogic, explains how his firm investigates cyber-conflicts and gives his opinion on how secure the U.S is against attack. Then, Judy Brewer of the World Wide Web Consortium and… read more

Opening the doors of government to innovation

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Tim O'Reilly  Aug. 06, 2010
When I organize a conference, I don't just reach out to interesting speakers. I try to find people who can help to tell a story about what's important and where the future is going. We've been posting speakers for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington DC Sept 7-8,… read more

Web 2.0 risks and rewards for federal agencies

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard   Jul. 23, 2010
The nature of record keeping and government transparency in the information age is rapidly changing. Officials can text, tweet, direct message, send "Facemail," IM or Skype, all from a personal smartphone... read more

What is Gov 2.0?

by Shira Lazar  Jul. 29, 2010
Gov 2.0 uses the technology and innovation of Web 2.0 to address the needs of government.'s Shira Lazar talks with Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, about the new movement... read more

GSA, union negotiate on rules for workers' posts on Facebook, other social media

[The Washington Post]
by Ed O'Keefe  Jul. 27, 2010
Tim O'Reilly, a social media expert and leading advocate for offering more government services online, said the public sector has struggled with adapting to new technologies for years. He recalled trying to convince lawmakers in the 1990s that they needed to use e-mail to reach constituents... read more

Gov 2.0 Summit Preview: How Open Government Spurs Innovation

[Information Week Government]
by J. Nicholas Hoover  Jul. 28, 2010
At upcoming event, industry leaders from inside government and from the private sector will share their experiences working with open data, and brainstorm over what's next... read more

Tim O'Reilly Says You Should Give Up Some Privacy to Help Save the World

[Read Write Web]
by Marshall Kirkpatrick  Jul. 22, 2010
Tim O'Reilly was recently at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), talking about the kinds of things that could be done "if we could use medicare data like Google uses clickstream data." The response was a very cautious one... read more

Social Security in the Gov 2.0 age

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Jul. 19, 2010
Last week, I visited Social Security Administration headquarters outside of Baltimore to speak about social media and government at its Employee Open Government Awareness Day. Before my presentation, I sat down with Frank Baitman, the agency's chief information officer, to talk about Gov 2.0, open government and technology. A video… read more

Web 2.0 risks and rewards for federal agencies

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Jul. 23, 2010
The nature of record keeping and government transparency in the information age is rapidly changing. Officials can text, tweet, direct message, send "Facemail," IM or Skype, all from a personal smartphone... read more

Interview With Tim O'Reilly on Reasons to Give up Some Privacy

by Marshall Kirkpatrick  Jul. 21, 2010
This Spring, Tim O'Reilly was surprised to find himself defending Facebook's changes to its privacy policy. "There's enormous advantage for users in giving up some privacy online and [so] we need to be exploring the boundary conditions,"... read more

Taking on IT challenges at California scale

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Jul. 14, 2010
California has the eighth largest economy in the world. Its information technology infrastructure is immense, with thousands of staff, networks and complex legacy systems. After the boom and bust of the dot com era, California's budget woes have also been immense, which has driven staffers to do more with less,… read more

Will Tim O'Reilly dance for Code for America?

by Luke Fretwell  Jul. 08, 2010
Now that we all know Tim O'Reilly is as passionate about Gov 2.0 as he is about dancing, will he inspire alpha geeks across America to join with him and dance for a great cause?... read more

Interviews from the GOV 2.0 Expo

Jul. 03, 2010
In May, "The Communicators" visited the GOV 2.0 Expo in Washington D.C. The Expo is attended by experts interested in using technology to promote a more open government. Joining us for interviews on their experience at the conference are Tim O'Reilly, founder & CEO of O’Reilly Media... read more

O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb Announce Gov 2.0 Summit

[O'Reilly News]
by Maureen Jennings  Jun 30, 2010  

Organizers Release Initial Speaking Lineup of Key Influencers Stimulating Change in Government

San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2010 - O'Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb, co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit and Gov 2.0 Expo events, today announce Gov 2.0 Summit and release the lineup of industry influencers hitting the keynote stage. Momentum from the recent Gov 2.0 Expo, along with the success of Gov 2.0 Summit last year, brings this important group of government leaders and innovators of the Web together again to explore how technology enables transparency, participation, collaboration, and efficiency at all levels of government. Gov 2.0 Summit will take place September 7-8, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington DC. For more information visit "This year Gov 2.0 Summit 2010 brings together critical leaders and decision makers refining the concept of government-as-platform and exploring the ways in which it can be used for transformation," said Tim O'Reilly, CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media. "Gov 2.0 is about creating a community of Gov 2.0 leaders who can push change forward and outward year-round, answering the President's call to strengthen our democracy."... read more

Announcing our Initial Gov 2.0 Summit Speakers

[Gov 2.0]
by Jaimey Walking Bear  Jul. 01, 2010
We’re pleased to announce our initial list of speakers confirmed for Gov 2.0 Summit 2010, happening September 7-8, 2010 in Washington DC. We’ll be looking at the big opportunities in education, healthcare, finance, identifying the forward vision of where technology to lower the costs of government while increasing its capabilities. Speakers… read more

Obama doubles broadband spectrum

by Eric Kuhn  Jun. 28, 2010
President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Monday that would double commercial spectrum available for wireless broadband technologies. The amount of information flowing over wireless networks has exploded in recent years raising concerns about a "spectrum crunch." According to the White House, wireless data will increase between 20 and 45… read more

A Startup's View of Gov 2.0 Expo: "Work on Stuff that Matters"

by Team Civi  Jun. 28, 2010
We will provide a full debriefing on our visit soon but we felt it was important to point out that CiviGuard was able to secure interest from the White House as a direct result of attending and participating in the Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, DC... read more

Government 2.0 takes a big step forward

by Paul Wormeli   Jun. 15, 2010
About a month ago I wrote about Tim O'Reilly's excellent seminar on Government 2.0 and told you about the forthcoming Gov 2.0 expo that O'Reilly was coordinating. The expo, May 25-27, 2010, was another leap forward as some of the top people in the digerati world convened to show their… read more

Gov 2.0 Hero Day

[ O'Reilly Radar]
by Brian Ahier  Jun. 15, 2010
June 15 is Gov 2.0 Hero Day and I'm using it to highlight the work of GovFresh founder Luke Fretwell. Luke started GovFresh a little more than a year ago, and his passion for open government has been a driving force in the Gov 2.0 world... read more

Critics rap Twitter's federal plans

by Alice Lipowicz  Jun. 11, 2010
Twitter's search for its first Washington-based government liaison has prompted a flurry of tweets and blog posts by Gov. 2.0 community members offering advice and comments, but skeptics are mobilizing, too... read more

Arianna Huffington Talks to Tim O'Reilly - Putting Gov 2.0 into Practice

[Huffington Post]
by Arianna Huffington  Jun. 07, 2010
"There are reasons for optimism--even when it comes to the way our government is being run. One of these reasons is Tim O'Reilly, the tech guru CEO of O'Reilly Media," writes Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, in her blog. "To advance the notion of applying government… read more

Reflections of a Millennial on the Gov 2.0 Expo

by Paul D. Shinkman  Jun. 08, 2010
Advances in communications technology have accelerated sharply since the Chinese first invented the printing press in 305 AD. This razor's edge, allowing for government and citizens to interact, was on display at the recent Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, as experts and innovators from around the world gathered to initiate… read more

Social media CEOs give Congress advice

Jun. 03, 2010
Gary Vaynerchuck sells wine online, is the co-founder of the social media agency VaynerMedia, and has a simple message to congress: allow technology to make our lives better... read more

Gov 2.0 Expo Highlights

[Gov Loop]
by Nicholas Charney  Jun. 02, 2010
I was fortunate enough to end up at the in Washington DC. First of all, if you are ever in DC stay at the DC Guest House. Big thanks to Laurel Ruma at O'Reilly for turning me on to the place... read more

California Teams up With Google, Microsoft and ProgrammableWeb for Gov 2.0 App Contest

[Read Write Web]
by Klint Finley  Jun. 01, 2010
The State of California will hold an application development contest this summer, according to O'Reilly Radar, and the state is partnering with Google, Microsoft, ProgrammableWeb, and IdeaScale to make it happen. ProgrammableWeb's site for the contest will be live later today... read more

Wikis Help Government Agencies Address Pain Points

[IT Business Edge]
by Ann All  Jun. 01, 2010
Earlier today I wrote a post about how many government agencies struggle with the idea of Government 2.0 because of an organizational culture that prizes insularity and ingrained practices over innovation... read more

Rough Guide to Gov 2.0 Expo: Open Source Edition

by Gunnar Hellekson  May. 25, 2010
Gov 2.0 Expo is coming to Washington, DC next week. It's the latest offering from the O'Reilly event machine, which is unmatched in its ability to generate buzz and get everyone excited about topics that they've never heard of.... read more

Will I See You at the Gov 2.0 Expo?

by Steve Radick  May. 24, 2010
I'll be at the Gov 2.0 Expo this week and I'm hoping that I'll see you either there, or at one of the happy hours/tweet-ups that will surely be occurring. If you're the least bit interested in social media or the future of our government, I'd highly encourage you to… read more

A message to the Gov 2.0 Expo and call to action for local government

by Kristy Fifelski,  May. 24, 2010
I am extremely jealous of the lucky chaps who get to participate in the Gov 2.0 Expo 2010, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and TechWeb in Washington, D.C. this week. My request for conference organizers and participants is to better understand the challenges facing local government in our adoption of Gov… read more

Gov 2.0 Expo: Health Geek Guide

by Susannah Fox  May. 24, 2010
The cross-disciplinary smorgasbord that is Gov 2.0 Expo will be held this week in DC. The agenda is packed with nerdy temptations (danah boyd! Anil Dash! Tim Berners-Lee!) but here are my can't-miss sessions... read more

Live Blog from Gov 2.0 Expo - Introduction to Government Social Publishing with Drupal

by Ryan Kamauff  May. 25, 2010
Kieran Lal of Acquia led a great talk (adventure) on the use of government Social Publishing and Drupal. Kieran is the Drupal community adventure guide for Acquia, which provides commercial subscriptions for Drupal... read more

Gov 2.0: Army Competition Spurs App Development

[InformationWeek ]
by J. Nicholas Hoover  May. 25, 2010
The Apps for Army application development challenge has sparked development of 53 applications in only 75 days, more than half of them for mobile operating systems... read more

Gov 2.0: Aspiring For Greatness In Open Government

[InformationWeek ]
by John Foley  May. 24, 2010
Tim O'Reilly is raising the bar on what he envisions for the open government movement. At this week's Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C., O'Reilly won't be talking merely about government serving as "a platform" -- that was last year's idea -- but about government as "a platform for greatness."...… read more

Live from Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, DC - Join our live broadcasts from the conference

[O'Reilly News]
by O'Reilly Media  May. 24, 2010
Gov 2.0 Expo is the IT event for 21st century government. If you can't make it to the Expo in person, join our live broadcasts from the conference and take part in the conversation. We'll discuss the buzz, analyze announcements, interview special guests, and take your questions from our live… read more

Jack Dangermond to Showcase Community Maps at Gov 2.0 Expo

May. 24, 2010
REDLANDS, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 2:20 p.m., ESRI president Jack Dangermond will speak to government and technology enthusiasts at the Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C., about using the power of geographic information system (GIS) technology to transform government... read more

The Open Gov Initiative: Enabling Techies to Solve Government Problems

by Vivek Wadhwa  May. 22, 2010
While grandma flips through photo albums on her sleek iPad, government agencies (and most corporations) process mission-critical transactions on cumbersome web-based front ends that function by tricking mainframes into thinking that they are connected to CRT terminals... read more

What does Government 2.0 look like? - Mark Drapeau offers a visual breakdown of the Gov 2.0 components.

[O'Reilly News]
by Mark Drapeau  May. 24, 2010
The most important thing I learned in grad school was very simple: "Draw the picture." (Thanks Tony.) By that my advisor meant that it's often hard or impossible to describe a complex system in words alone. And consequently, if you can't draw a picture of what you're trying to explain,… read more

Gov 2.0 Week in Review - 2.0,, cloud computing at, open data, Facebook Communities and government, and the future of the Internet and democracy.

[O'Reilly News]
by Alex Howard  May. 21, 2010
Bernard Kouchner may have written that the "universal spirit of the Enlightenment should run through the new media" but this week, the zeitgeist of the government information revolution online was powered by open data. read more

Win Gov 2.0 Passes!

by Tom Bridge  May. 24, 2010
One of the great things I love about DC is that it's an intersection of theory and practice; it's a place where people take technologies and policy ideas and work them into rules and laws and systems... read more

What to Watch: Key Events This Week (May 24-28, 2010)

[Washington Post]
May. 24, 2010
An impressive lineup of technology mavens is on tap to talk about the intersection of technology and government at the Gov 2.0 Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center running Tuesday through Thursday... read more

The (Tim) O'Reilly Factor

[Publisher's Weekly]
by Andrew Richard Albanese   May. 24, 2010
In the May issue of Inc. magazine, Tim O'Reilly was asked his greatest extravagance. "Books. I have about 10,000," he replied, comparing his collection to "a gentleman's library in the era of Thomas Jefferson." read more

New Podcast: Gov as Platform is Here to Stay

[Gov 2 Radio]
by Adriel Hampton  May. 23, 2010
A discussion of the O'Reilly/TechWeb Gov 2.0 Expo, with Laurel Ruma and Alex Howard... read more

Gov 2.0 Expo Event Preview

by Paul D. Shinkman  May. 22, 2010
Can government be cool? Federal agencies, contractors, online developers and policy wonks will find out this week at the Gov 2.0 Expo -- a forum for 21st century advocates across the spectrum to learn about government interaction with technology, the Internet and social media... read more

The changing role of Gov 2.0 at your agency

[Federal News Radio]
by Laurel Ruma  May. 21, 2010
Gov 2.0 - that term has been around for a few years now. What's changed since the whole 2.0 movement started? Next week marks the start of the second annual Gov 2.0 Expo, a two-day conference that will focus on the latest and greatest in cloud computing, cybersecurity, social media and open… read more

Cloud, Collaboration, Social Media in Government @ Gov 2.0 Expo Preview

[Focus Washington]
by Don Goldberg  May. 21, 2010
Supporting President Obama's initiatives promoting transparency, participation and collaboration, Gov 2.0 Expo's co-chair and Microsoft's Mark Drapeau talks with Focus Washington TechView shares... read more

Tim O'Reilly talks about Gov 2.0

by David Gewirtz  May. 20, 2010
Tim O'Reilly has some very interesting thoughts on how technology and government can play together... read more

10+ "hidden gems" not to miss at Gov 2.0 Expo

by Steve Lunceford  May. 21, 2010
I'm sure I'm not the only one anxiously waiting for the start of O'Reilly & TechWeb's Gov 2.0 Expo next week. With such an expansive list of interesting sessions over three days, I thought it would be interesting to get program co-chairs Laurel Ruma and Dr. Mark Drapeau to share what… read more

Come see Google at Gov 2.0 Expo!

by Dan Israel  May. 12, 2010
We appreciate all the interest in the Google for Gov group on GovLoop & the good discussions that have been going on here. We'd like to invite you to continue this discussion with us in person!... read more

New Government Agencies and Top Industry Firms Join the Bench of Innovators at Gov 2.0 Expo

May. 21, 2010
Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Personnel Management, Veterans Affairs, National Institute of Standards and Technology, State of California, Cisco, IBM, Inc. Magazine, The Economist Among New Names... read more - Open Sourcing U.S. Legal Documents

[Gov Loop]
by Adriel Hampton  May. 13, 2010
In a webinar about Gov 2.0 on Tuesday, publisher and conference convener Tim O'Reilly referred to Carl Malamud as the father of the Gov 2.0 movement. Wednesday, Malamud was in San Francisco at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation offices for the 10th in a series of 15 workshops he's hosting around… read more

Gov 2.0 Innovators Pavilion to Feature 15 Next-Gen Companies

[Linux Pro Magazine]
May. 13, 2010
Pavilion to highlight transparency, outreach. read more

Gov 2.0 week in review

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard   May. 14, 2010
So what is Gov 2.0? This past week saw wide-ranging discussion about the meaning, substance and relevance of the term, along with plenty of other news related to social media in government, open data, improved crisis response through technology and a move to the cloud... read more

Web 2.0 helps digital diplomacy at the State Department

[Federal News Radio]
by Christopher Drobek  May. 19, 2010
How do you move from a culture of :need to know: to a culture of "need to share?" Alex Howard, Government 2.0 Correspondent for O'Reilly Media, examines that issue today with a preview of one of next week's Gov 2.0 Expo speakers. Read all about Richard Boly director of the… read more

Government Technology Leaders Preview Announcements to be Made at Gov 2.0 Expo

May. 18, 2010
Exhibitors and Sponsors Select Event as Center Stage for Federal, State, Local Government Innovation News... read more

Cyber Self Defense: Reduce Your Attack Surface

by Jeffrey Carr   May. 18, 2010
In anticipation of my panel at the Gov 2.0 Expo "Cyber Self Defense: Who's targeting your department and what you can do about it", I thought it might be helpful to cover one or two key tactics that you can institute right away. When I give presentations on this subject,… read more

Call put out for Gov 2.0 showcase

[ComputerWorld ]
by Trevor Clarke  May. 14, 2010
The Federal Government has put a call out for case studies on the use of web 2.0 technologies in the government space with a view to setting up a gallery to help the edification of others... read more

Gov 2.0 Expo 2010: Washington, DC

by Shaunna Villarea  May. 12, 2010
Come visit Telligent at Gov 2.0 Expo 2010 on May 25-27 at Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Learn how the rise of Government 2.0 signals the emergence of IT innovation and the web as a platform for fostering efficiencies within government and citizen participation... read more

Mark Drapeau on Cloud, Collaboration, Social Media in Government @ Gov 2.0 Expo Preview

[AOL Video]
May. 13, 2010
Video with Mark Drapeau... read more

Gov 2.0 Expo Announces First Ever Innovators Pavilion

May. 13, 2010
Pavilion to Stage Forthcoming Government and Industry Technology Innovations... read more

Laurel Ruma on a Sneak Preview of Gov 2.0 Expo, inc. Cloud Computing in City of Los Angeles

May. 12, 2010
Check out the video... read more

Get ready for the Gov 2.0 Expo

[Federal Cloud blog]
May. 10, 2010
Get ready for Gov 2.0 Expo later this month. The event is being held on May 25 - 27, 2010 at the Washington Convention Center. Registration is still open, if you haven't already signed up... read more

DorobekINSIDER: The Gov 2.0 status report - where are we now?

[Federal News Radio]
by Christopher Drobek  May. 12, 2010
What is gov 2.0, what does it mean, and is it still a relevant term? Those were the questions that were being bandied about at a dinner last week of gov 2.0 luminaries in preparation for the Gov 2.0 Expo... read more

Get Ready for the Gov 2.0 Expo

[Federal News Radio]
by Fed Cloud Blog  May. 10, 2010
Get ready for Gov 2.0 Expo later this month. The event is being held on May 25-27, 2010 at the Washington Convention Center. Registration is still open, if you haven't already signed up. Laurel Ruma is co-chair of Gov 2.0 Expo and O'Reilly Media's Gov 2.0 evangelist. She sat down… read more

What is Gov 2.0? Come find out this afternoon

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Mac Slocum  May. 11, 2010
Tim O'Reilly will host a free webcast to examine the concept of Gov 2.0 and how technologists can play key roles in government's transformation. He'll also field questions from the audience. Registration is free but slots are limited, so be sure to sign up here. read more

5 Ways Government Works Better with Social Media

by Alex Howard  May. 10, 2010
What is government 2.0? Tim O'Reilly describes it as government working as a platform. Others might describe it as applying the technologies that make up Web 2.0 to the practice of government, including blogs, wikis, social networking and crowdsourcing. The simplest way of describing government 2.0 may be any technology… read more

The three phases of Government 2.0 - How surprise, experimentation and solutions have defined Gov 2.0.

[O'Reilly News]
by Mark Drapeau  May. 10, 2010
As the program co-chair for the upcoming Gov 2.0 Expo, I've had a lot of time to learn about what's happening at the edges of the space. And through my experience working on the topic with the Department of Defense, and now through a different lens at Microsoft's public sector… read more

Big Winners! Gov 2.0 Radio Sending Two to Gov 2.0 Expo

by Adriel Hampton  May. 09, 2010
Thanks for listening! Related posts: Listen to Gov 2.0 Radio, Win Free Gov 2.0 Expo Conference+Workshop Passes; Win Free #g2e Conference+Workshop Passes from Gov 2.0 Radio; Talking Web 2.0 Expo and Gov 2.0 Summit with Tim O'Reilly. read more

Open Government Innovations to be Recognized at Gov 2.0 Expo

May. 07, 2010
Sunlight Lab's Director Discusses 'Design for America' Contest with Focus Washington TechView... read more

Public Sector Leaders in Open Government, Collaboration, and Social Networking to Gather Under One Roof at Gov 2.0 Expo

May. 05, 2010
The White House, State Department, NASA, Defense, Navy, CIA, Health and Human Services, Government of Ontario, Canada to Take the Stage... read more

Gov 2.0 Week in Review - Open 311, OGI, open government, open source, revisiting net neutrality and disaster response 2.0

[O'Reilly News]
by Alex Howard  May. 07, 2010
Topics in this week Gov 2.0 Week in Review include: Open 311, OGI, open government, open source, revisiting net neutrality and disaster response 2.0. If you have news and tips about the government 2.0 space, please let me know at or @digiphile on Twitter. read more

Tim O'Reilly, on the cover of Inc. - "Silicon Valley's leading intellectual"

[O'Reilly News]
by O'Reilly Media  May. 03, 2010
The Oracle of Silicon Valley, Tim O'Reilly has been ahead of early every important technology innovation of the past 30 years writes reporter Max Chafin in his cover story for this month's issue of Inc. magazine. "And today the future is something O'Reilly is calling Gov 2.0." Read more.... read more

The spy who came in from the code - Carmen Medina talks about tech, the CIA, and why government agencies don't play well with others

[O'Reilly News]
by James Turner  May. 03, 2010
If you were going to pick an adjective to describe the Central Intelligence Agency, "open" wouldn't immediately spring to mind. But according to Carmen Medina, who recently retired from the CIA and will speak at next month's Gov 2.0 Expo, openness is just what the agency needs.... read more

Listen to Gov 2.0 Radio, Win Free Gov 2.0 Expo Conference+Workshop ...

[Gov 2.0 Summit news (via Google blog search)]
by Adriel Hampton  May. 02, 2010
Tune in to Gov 2.0 Radio tonight, May 2 (starts at 9 p.m. ET) for a special call-in trivia contest to win a conference-plus-workshops pass Gov 2.0 Expo (our media partner) in DC later this month. And, if you're not into contests but plan to go, check out for our… read more

Australia Leading the World in Gov 2.0

by Tom Worthington   Apr. 30, 2010
Senator Kate Lundy (ACT) will be talking on Lessons from Down Under: How Australia is Leading the World in Gov 2.0 in Washington DC on 25-27 May 2010 at the Gov 2.0 Expo. Other speakers include Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Tim O'Reilly... read more

Finalists Announced For 2010 Nextgov Awards

Apr. 30, 2010
Government Executive Media Group today announced nineteen finalists for its 2010 Nextgov Awards, a new program designed to recognize federal professionals who have created innovative programs, policies or management practices that rely on technology to improve government operations... read more

Government Leaders to Share Cyber Security and Security in the Cloud Insights at Gov 2.0 Expo

Apr. 29, 2010
Progress in the Intelligence Community since the Worst Cyber Terrorism Plot Ever in 2006 Among Sessions Taking the Stage at Nation's Capital Event... read more

First-Hand Cloud Computing Government Success Stories and Lessons Learned to be Showcased at Gov 2.0 Expo

Apr. 27, 2010
NASA, State of California, City of Los Angeles, U.S. Army Among Featured Government Speakers... read more

Government and Industry Leaders to Share Latest Innovations in Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Collaboration, Web 2.0

Apr. 23, 2010
Gov 2.0 Expo to Showcase Experts and Technologies Shaping the 21st Century Government... read more

Gov 2.0 Week in Review

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Apr. 30, 2010
In this week's round-up of Gov 2.0 news: Open government assessed, web managers meet, Britain's social media election and Internet Policy 3.0.... read more

Gov 2.0 week in review

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Apr. 24, 2010
The pace of innovation and policy in the government 2.0 world hasn't slackened. Here's a round-up of gov 2.0-related news from the last week.... read more

Citizens as public sensors - The co-founder of SeeClickFix on how crowdsourcing can help local government

[O'Reilly News]
by James Turner  Apr. 12, 2010
Gov 2.0 discussions tend to center on transparency and making data available to the general public. But information can flow in both directions. SeeClickFix believes citizens can offer as much to local government as government can offer to the people. SeeClickFix co-founder Jeff Blasius discusses the service in this Q&A. read more

The military goes social

[O'Reilly Radar]
by James Turner  Apr. 27, 2010
For most of the 20th century, a soldier in the field could only communicate with his/her family and friends via letters that might take weeks or months to make their way to the recipient. But as the battlefield goes high tech, so has the ways soldiers can talk to the… read more

Where's the Gov 2.0 epicenter?

by Jeffery Smith   Apr. 28, 2010
One year following the groundbreaking Apps for Democracy contest, the Gov 2.0 world turns its gaze once again to the District of Columbia for Gov 2.0 Expo this May. In a conversation with Gov 2.0 Expo Co-chair, Laurel Ruma told CivSource that social media and open data initiatives in government… read more

Gov 2.0 week in review

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Alex Howard  Apr. 24, 2010
Taking a page straight from Mark Coddington's excellent week in review at the Nieman Journalism Lab, my inaugural Radar post looks at government 2.0 news from the past week. If you have news and tips about the government 2.0 space, please let me know at or @digiphile on Twitter... read more

First-Hand Cloud Computing Government Success Stories and Lessons Learned to be Showcased at Gov 2.0 Expo

by UBM TechWeb  Apr 27, 2010  

NASA, State of California, City of Los Angeles, U.S. Army Among Featured Government Speakers

WASHINGTON, April 27 - Highlights/Key Facts: * With cloud computing playing a big role in the Obama Administration's new FY2011 budget and federal CIO Vivek Kundra contending the U.S. government can acquire technology faster and at lower cost through cloud computing, leaders in the public and private sectors are more than ever working closely to use cloud computing as a strategic IT tool to help transform government and make them more effective and efficient... read more

The GOOD Guide to Better Neighborhoods: Go Local 2.0

by Laurel Ruma  Apr. 22, 2010
Written by Laurel Ruma, Co-chair of Gov 2.0 Expo- If the web of the 2000s was social, the web of this next decade will be civic. Every time you "like" something on Facebook, you're voting. And it only takes a click of a mouse to sign a petition on Twitter.… read more

Design for America contest from Sunlight Foundation

[THe Hill]
by Craig Newmark  Mar. 25, 2010
The Sunlight folks are all about making government accountable by making it transparent, stuff like showing where the money goes, how it's spent. This contest is about finding ways to present government data so that it makes sense... read more

A hotbed of techie agents of government transparency

[The Washington Post]
by Mike Musgrove  Apr. 04, 2010
But beyond Washington, there still seems to be confusion about what the word means. "My mom is like, 'What exactly do you do?' "said Laurel Ruma, whose business card describes her as a "Gov 2.0 evangelist" for the computer book publisher O'Reilly, where she is organizing an upcoming government and… read more

Gov 2.0 invades Harvard: A report from #gov20ne - Politicians, advocates, techies and citizens discuss open government

[O'Reilly Radar]
by James Turner  Mar. 10, 2010
Last Saturday, several hundred folks gathered at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to spend the day discussing Open Government. I attended, and Laurel Ruma (O'Reilly's Gov 2.0 Evangelist) was one of the organizers... read more

Gov 2.0 Expo: Game on, baby

by realtweetthroat  Feb. 12, 2010
Gov 2.0 Expo registration is officially open, and I'm feeling much better since my last post. ... read more

O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb Launch Gov 2.0 Expo 2010: Announce Program and Keynotes

[O'Reilly News]
by Maureen Jennings  Mar 23, 2010  

Event Brings Together Government Leaders and Web 2.0 Innovators to Build a 21st Century Government

Sebastopol, CA, March 23, 2010 - Today Gov 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media, Inc. and UBM TechWeb, provides a first glance at the key speakers, topics, and themes that apply technology best practices to improve transparency, efficiency, and cost containment in government programs. Gov 2.0 Expo will give government employees and contractors access to the practical tools, in-depth training, and new technologies needed to build a 21st century government. Gov 2.0 Expo will take place May 25-27, 2010 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. For more information visit "Government has an extraordinary responsibility to harness the best, most efficient systems for delivering citizen services and overcoming the barriers of complexity and bureaucracy," said Tim O'Reilly, CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media. "There has been a revolution in the private sector, with new technologies including cloud computing, web services, mobile devices, social media, and open data bringing unprecedented new services to individuals. The Government 2.0 Expo is the place to understand how these technologies can be applied to advance the mission of government agencies."... read more

NHIN Direct: Open Healthcare Records and Government as a Platform

[O'Reilly Radar]
by Tim O'Reilly  Mar. 11, 2010
In my advocacy around Government 2.0, I've been focused on the idea that government should act like a platform provider rather than a complete solution provider. That is, government should lay down rules of the road, create core functionality that others can build on, and then let the private sector… read more

Nominate a Colleague for an Award

by Allan Holmes  Feb. 19, 2010
Do you know a federal manager who recently took risks to push through a bold idea, policy or program that uses technology to make government work better or improve public services? If so, we'd like to hear your story by nominating your colleague for a Nextgov Award... read more

From Open Source to Open Government

[ComputerWorld UK]
by Glyn Moody  Feb. 04, 2010
One idea was that companies on the "outside" might play an important role. This is similar to the concept of "government as platform" outlined by Tim O'Reilly... read more

Information Technology and the Military

[The Kojo Show]
by Mark Drapeau, Charles "Jack" Holt, Linton Wells II  Jan. 12, 2010
The Defense Department, like every other wing of the federal government, is on a mission to keep pace with the technologies of the "Web 2.0" era. But social media, "wiki" documents, and information sharing portals pose unique challenges for the military, which is sitting on an ocean of sensitive data... read more

The Power of Government-as-Platform

by Steve Hamm  Dec. 01, 2009
Tim O'Reilly, the founder of O'Reilly Media and promoter of the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 phenomena, calls this the Obama administration's most important technology initiative. "The government is starting to think like a platform provider rather than an application provider," he wrote me in an e-mail... read more

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