NZ: use of Web 2.0 in government

December 14, 2007 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

At the recent Digital Future Summit 2.0 in Auckland, Laurence Millar of the State Services Commission gave an excellent presentation (ASF/Windows media file; just over 26 minutes but skip the first 3 minutes) entitled “The Government’s supporting role”.

He gave the following examples where Web 2.0 technologies have been used very effectively by NZ government organisations:

– a wiki from the NZ Police for getting the views of the public in developing new legislation (the Police Act Review). A bonus nugget: “wiki” is an anagram for “kiwi”!

– a community forum focussed on road safety that taps into the wisdom of the people to collectively solve community problems in partnership with government.

– entries on Wikipedia, such as that for the State Services Commission itself.

– a mashup that aggregates broadband demand and supply geographically across NZ.

Two further highlights for me from the presentation were:

– the importance of igovt in providing “secure online identity assertion and management” as a critical foundation for transforming government; and

– at the end, a question that I thought was truly interesting and insightful. Something along the lines of, “is this truly government 2.0 or just an Internet overlay over a clunky old government?”

Now that’s a worthy question: just what is Govt 2.0?


Entry filed under: authentication, government, identity, igovt, network, NZ, privacy, strategy, video, Web_2.0.

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