John Patrick, former vice president of IBM, on e-government:
It is not surprising that most governments of the world have web sites -- in fact, many call themselves "e-governments". In early November, the United Nations issued a report entitled "E-Government at the Crossroads" which showed that 173 of the U.N.'s 191 members had Web sites. That is the good news. The bad news is that only 20% of people with Internet access use them. Does this low utilization mean there is a lack of interest or is that not enough people have Internet access? Neither. The problem is that most of the "e-government" sites don't have compelling content nor useful transactions. (read more)
Even more interesting are some of John's comments on corporate blogging in eWeek magazine, such as:
"One technical guy at IBM whom I've known for many years, a distinguished engineer, told me that blogs are now his No. 1 source of technical information. That was about a year ago that he told me that, and I was taken aback."
"IBM is embracing blogging in various ways, including participating in the development and evolution of the standards for blogging to ensure that it can continue to flourish for all."
"I think we'll see blogging become the first derivative of the Web. It takes the Web to a higher level. It allows for more effective communications and sharing of information in a very structured way. So it will enable millions of people to infuse their points of view into the knowledge stream, a kind of massive enrichment of knowledge."
Windley points out Tom Adelstein's list of over 185 local government applications that could be developed in open source. Imagine being able to quickly add and adapt that much functionality to your city or county website. Earlier this year, Adelstein wrote an eight part series on Linux Access in State and Local government:
Microsoft will argue against opensource in government next week in Rome.
The next meeting of the UWIN governance board will be on Dec. 5th in Rm. B110 of the State Office Building.
Rory Perry just got a new IP phone as part of a statewide rollout by the West Virginia Courts system. Our IP telephony projects are being held hostage by a procurement appeals process.
The November issue of Capitol Connections is online