[LINK] AIIA raises concerns on Tanner and Conroy blog
brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Dec 10 16:51:39 EST 2008
AIIA raises concerns on Tanner and Conroy blog
CEO, Ian Birks, welcomes Government move but raises concerns about the
potential for manipulation
10 December, 2008 10:45:00
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has raised
concerns about the effectiveness of a new Federal Government digital
economy blog in policy development.
This week, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Minister for Finance and
Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner launched a joint blog to canvass public
opinion on facets of the Rudd Government’s digital economy push.
AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, welcomed the use of leading-edge technology to help
with the business of e-government but questioned the ability to garner
tangible outcomes from an open and unstructured blog process.
“The science of how to convert many hundreds or thousands of free-form
blog topics into a coherent base for developing specific components of
public policy is not entirely proven,” Birks wrote in an email. “There
is quite a lot of potential for input to policy development to be
influenced and/or manipulated by anonymous contributors whose knowledge
base and motives may not be entirely transparent.
“From the point of view of AIIA’s own specific dialogue with the
Australian Government, we would like to see more transparency around the
whole approach and understand more about how feedback from the online
policy consultation blogs is intended to drive policy development.”
While existing policy consultation processes will remain, Birks said it
was unclear how organisations such as the AIIA, which represents around
500 ICT companies, should work with the blog.
“Should we for example ask our members to write 500 different blog
contributions as input on a specific policy matter or will an AIIA
opinion somehow blend in other ways into the melting pot with similar
effect,” he said.
The blog is open to public comment for two weeks and is one of the first
trials to be conducted by the Federal Government. It will be monitored
by the Australian Government Information Management Office.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) president, Kumar Parakala, and
head of consulting for analyst firm Intermedium, Kevin Noonan, both
applauded the move by the government but cautioned its success was
dependant on open and fair monitoring.
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