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6 responses to “Government 2.0 and politics 2.0”

  1. AdamTucker

    “(b) Is government 2.0 something which can open up policy debates to a wider range of voices? If so, is this better conceived of as expanding the reach of distributed expertise rather than citizen empowerment per se?”

    Call me cynical, but the government couldn’t even get its bureaucrats to handle the 2020 summit as a policy tool using traditional technologies. Any “web 2.0” business has to negotiate a labyrinth of internal policies (an extraordinary number conveniently only exist as “in development” and are applied willy-nilly)designed to protect bureaucrats from risk. It’s an impossibility if driven from within the bureaucracy.

  2. Anthony

    “Is government 2.0 (in its ‘engagement’ mode) the same thing as community consultation? In other words, is it just a quicker and perhaps more efficient mode of guaging reaction to decisions which have largely been made already, or to tweaking them in the implementation phase? If so, does it have some advantages in potentially enabling a more representative sample of opinion?”

    You seem to have a definite idea of what “community consultation” amounts to – and not necessarily one I disagree with, ie flushing out opposition. But you’re right: government 2.0 might just enable governments to do what they already wish to do more efficiently, rather than radically change the qualitative nature of the government-citizen interface. John Power did a great report on consultation over 30 years ago. The fundamental question is what is “consultation” for? Having answered that question, the secondary issue is how might current technology help us achieve government’s aims

  3. information superhighway to hell

    Government 2.0: it’s not a big truck, it’s a series of tubes!

  4. Brian

    I was thinking about the people I know from my generation and slightly younger (about 50+). Most don’t have email or bother with the internet to any degree or at all. Some go on the net when they want to find information. Some use email for business.

    The exceptions would be my elder brother and his wife, who are what you might call politically engaged, and an old guy in his late 80s who has an interest in political issues.

  5. professor rat

    The state seems to fear prediction markets and DDoS attacks…so thats good news. The state should fear the people imho – not the other way round. As Thoureu said – the state that governs least – governs best.

  6. derrida derider

    Adam, as a public servant let me acknowledge that we have an innate bias to risk aversion and to secrecy. But that is as nothing compared to our political masters’ attitude that “consultation” consists of spinning to people, and exposing them to alternative policies just gives them tools to criticise the policies you intend adopting.

    I note the PM has recently criticised the public service for its closedness and risk aversion – yet he’s the very one who makes it very clear what happens to the career of any public servant who takes a chance that doesn’t come off, or tells the public stuff the opposition can use. I’ll lay quids that the first time Malcolm Turnbull picks up something to use in Question Time from the Web 2.0 site will be the last time that site puts out unbiased information.