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Web and open government a way to a better world : Comments

By Nicholas Gruen, published 17/12/2009

Government 2.0 is about government letting citizens into its workings and allowing them to contribute to their own governance.

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government: interested in being "open" with www2..?....and of course at the same time introduces a new dark age with net censorship via a moralistic christian fundamentalist ineffective useless internet filter....who is this article actually trying to fool? certainly not intelligent people.
Posted by E.Sykes, Thursday, 17 December 2009 10:19:05 AM
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Aldous Huxley would be proud.

>>Government 2.0 is about more than Web 2.0 technology or even policy. Itís about governments letting the community into its workings, letting them see and contribute to their own governance<<

On the evidence to date (thank you for making it crystal clear, Mr Conroy), the government has precisely the opposite agenda to that which Mr Gruen is slobbering over in such a sickly fashion.

Putting ISP filtering technology in place under the guise of "protecting the kiddies" is a classic conjurer's trick, to distract us from the fact that the government now has the tools to selectively bar the Australian public from seeing anything it doesn't want us to see.

Of course, it will be easily sidestepped, so unless the government is planning the three o'clock doorknock, it is also virtually unenforceable.

But the intent is clear.

And this "web 2.0" fantasy is mere window-dressing.

Government-by-Twitter will be interesting only to people who like to hear the sound of their own voice.

Sure, there's plenty of those. But pretending it is the route to "open government" is pure delusion.

To prove the point, Mr Gruen might like to point to one single aspect of the Government 2.0 initiative that could not have been implemented without the internet, had any government in history ever wanted to make it happen.

Over to you, Mr G.
Posted by Pericles, Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:33:14 AM
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Fantastic that anyone with access to a server and some open-source software can show us our world in new ways.

Disappointing that governments with control over so much useful information are limiting our access to, essentially, census and crime data.

Appalling that the same governments are attempting to extend their reach into the private domain, so they can appear to the gullible masses as if they are acting on the issue-du-jour, whatever that may be.
Posted by woulfe, Thursday, 17 December 2009 6:36:43 PM
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