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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Changing Communication

You might enjoy a Whitehouse slideshow significantly hosted on Flickr under a Creative-Commons-license!

The Queen's message by e-mail for the first time. More used to communicating by letter and telegram, the Queen has taken the unusual step of sending e-mails to 23 young Commonwealth citizens. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Open Source in Government

UK government backs open source. The UK government says it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services. [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wonder call. Stevie Wonder's plea on gadgets [BBC News | Technology | UK Edition]
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Contest: Submit a Video Answer for Democracy

A Video Contest to Illustrate Democracy. The State Department is asking the world to create three-minute videos that answer the question [base "]Democracy is ... ?[per thou] as part of a new contest timed to mark International Democracy Day. [NYT > Technology]

Asked what role the State Department would play in making the contest a success, Mr. Margolis said the department[base ']s sponsorship [base "]does add a sense of legitimacy and gravitas to what we are trying to do.[per thou]

Legitimacy and gravitas are fine cards to bring to the table.

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Going Mobile?

Bits: Kleiner Perkins Starts an iPhone Blog. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the venture capital firm that is investing its $100 million iFund in applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, has a new blog that will discuss trends in mobile. [NYT > Technology]
I tried some government site on my iPod Touch. Its browser has none of the usual font size settings, which increases only with pinching down and spreading up fingers. Works for me. Mostly.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Government and Web 2.0 Resources

From slideshare, December 2007 presentation "Web 2.0 for Government 1.0" at a government event in Hawaii. I believe there is no chance I would ever be able to justify a research trip to Hawaii, so seeing the slides will suffice for now.

I wish Hawaii great experiences when they are bringing in Web 2.0. I hope those "low-hanging fruits" (see slide 14) work well for Hawaii. His selection is

  • RSS
  • Microformats
  • OpenID
  • Mashups
  • Mobile
  • Podcasts (audio & video)
I'd also put RSS very near the top ROI for government.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Counting the Vote

With improvements, e-voting could be good, says researcher.. Researcher who found vulnerabilities in California's e-voting systems looks ahead to better auditing. [CNET]

California's recent vote is still being counted. So for the future timely election results evoting needs improvement. The link mentions a keynote at ShmooCon. The Shmoo Group is a non-profit think-tank comprised of security professionals from around the world who donate their free time and energy to information security research and development.
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Larry Lessig on Open Government Data

In early December 2007 30 open government advocates gathered to develop a set of principles of open government data. The meeting, held in Sebastopol, California, was designed to develop a more robust understanding of why open government data is essential to democracy.
Of these principles I'm most involved with accessiblity. At delicious social bookmarking site, I've tagged loads of resources with accessibility.
My accessibility tags at delicious go back to January 2006--almost two years of concern.

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