Utilising Web 2.0 in Government and Local Government

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I note that National Computing Centre has featured an article I originally produced for ITAdviser Magazine on the topic of how and why local authorities should be planning to exploit the collaborative features of Web 2.0 technologies. I’m not sure I did justice to the large and growing variety of collaborative initiatives that are underway in both local and central government, but then again it’s difficult to include everything and yet keep to a fairly tight word limit (which I ended up exceeding!). Suffice to say that the opportunities that Web 2.0 provides for connecting with and empowering citizens are still being realised, but it remains to be seen whether the traditional command and control structures inherent throughout government will enable these initiatives to meet their true potential. I am optimistic though.I’m pleased that the Power of Information Taskforce website has also picked up on this article.

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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