[LINK] Government 2.0: Policy and Practice
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Tue Jun 23 08:35:30 EST 2009
At 09:41 AM 22/06/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>Tom Worthington wrote:
> > Government 2.0 ...
>I don't think that we have any form of participatory democracy in
>Australia and my preference is that we never do ...
The term "participatory democracy" was not used in the conference
outline and we weren't talking about having every citizen vote on
every law <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_democracy>.
Most of the presentations and discussions were about how information
is made available to the public and get comments from the public.
This is about an enhanced versions of the currently political system,
not a new system. Of course not everyone will agree that is a good idea.
As an example, in my talk I discussed how the Australian Government
had used web pages for distributing information and how that could be
done better with accessible, mobile compatible web pages. I talked
about how next month at the ANU I will be training public servants in
how to communicate online <http://www.tomw.net.au/technology/it/mgovernment>.
ps: In all the discussion of web 2.0 gadgets, the point can be lost
that electronic communications are important public records. Public
servants need to be reminded that they are required to file email
messages and that unauthorized modification of such data is a crime
which can result in 10 years imprisonment. This is something I
discuss in my courses.
Tom Worthington FACS HLM tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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