[LINK] Tanner eyes web 2.0 tools

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Nov 5 16:29:12 AEDT 2008

At 08:53 AM 5/11/2008, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Tanner eyes web 2.0 tools Karen Dearne November 04, 2008 The 
>Australian IT 

Minister Tanner's Australian Government Information Management Office 
released a carefully researched report on using the web for public 
consultation in June 2008: "Consulting with Government - online" 

The report got it right: "... overwhelming support for the concept of 
a Government consultation blog and discussion forum. ... However, 
when it came to actually participating in a Government forum, there 
was evidence to suggest that people who are not already engaged in 
online and political discussions would not actually participate.  ...".

Unfortunately AGIMO released the report as 2.3 MB PDF and 138 KB RTF 
files, which does not help participation. There is no easy to read 
web version, thus reducing the credibility of much of what the report 
said. Making the public download megabytes of PDF is not a way to 
foster consultation.

Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd            ABN: 17 088 714 309
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617                      http://www.tomw.net.au/
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Australian National University  

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