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So this post was getting too too long (I aim for 800 words/post). So I split it up. The rest will likely show Tuesday. Monday if I’m particularly alert. Stay tuned!

Post subtitle: “Governance 2.0″Diagram the ideal situation of the elements


The story of Web 2.0 and Government Governance

Gather round kids, Doug’s going to tell you a story.

The story is about how the impetus for Web 2.0 in Government actually starts a (relatively) long time ago, so we’ll need to back up a bit, in a land far far away. You’ll see some of the issues then still that remain today, in rolling hills, not unlike the one that overlooks the Gatineau river. Can you see it?

Far away, there’s a long bountiful field. It’s the field of Public Administration, and in this fields there’s governance. Those pesky bushes that surround it are “issues”. There are all types of issues, kids, issues that:

  • have been around for a long time (order, hierarchy, centralisation/decentralisation);
  • some that will always stay and will never go away (accountability, responsibility),
  • some that are new (transparency, globalisation); and
  • some that are old (corruption, hegemony, censorship, “legal” / “just”  government).

The themes from literature over the past 20 years that advocate for reform gravitate around a few common issues that I’ve grouped and show you below. Some have come under different names over time (i.e.: transparency/openness, informal networking/social networking, knowledge management/information management, knowledge sharing/collaboration, etc.), but these are the ones I could chart. › Continue reading…


Types of Web 2.0 & Government

Edits: “bettered” areas with cr*ppy writing. I should re-read 3x before clicking “Publish”.

Has it been a week already since my last post? Whoa. And I was even doing well there for a while eh? I even had 3 posts in one week…

Types of Government-Public Web 2.0 relations:  1: Public use of Social networks;  2: Use of Web 2.0 to engage the public to share information of value for the government;  3: Use of Web 2.0 for providing information of value to the public by the Government; and  4: Use of Web 2.0 tools to share information of value internallyYes, yes it has. And I’m glad to be writing a post that is very directly related to the crux of this blog: supporting my academic studies in Public Administration which of late looks into Web 2.0 & the Government of Canada. This blog helps me stimulate discussion, debate, and get valuable input I while share my own views and insight.

Time has been going by fast for me – I’m completing my masters (at least I think I am!). Just in the past month I have completed reading over 500 pages of academic (studies, reports, journals), and spent at least 2 couch-crashed weekends and early-to-late visits to cafés. Not fun, heavy on the mind, and not easy to balance with full-time work. I’m happy about the overlap I have however, and the possibility to apply insights from work to academics and from academics to work. You can say I’m engaged to my studies & work.

Finishing the studies will be bittersweet. But I’m ready to close this chapter of my life (3 years of part-time graduate studies) and I’m ready for the next one: From Academia & theory, to Practice & application. This won’t change my work direction, but it will change my (ardent) approach. To one that is more practical and less advisement. No more will be discussed on that. Well, not much.

For now I’ll give you a glimpse of what I’m working on – a diagram I made to segment the types of Web 2.0 & Government engagements into 4 categories. Maybe there’s more, but these 4 categories logically split them up… › Continue reading…

Screen Snapshot of the video of 3 public servants. Who's that on screen?

Screen Snapshot of the video of 3 public servants. Who's that on screen?

Wow! I’m loving these. Here you go

Was published November 2008, 3 months before the other one I’ve written brazenly about .

Seems that PCO has a history of supporting content in video format. While looking up past PCO annual reports (cuz…that’s what I do),  I noticed the 6th annual report was missing.

It’s missing!

Well, not really. It “was published in video format“, but the published transcript is good enough.

I’d like to “view [it] online via the Leadership Network web site”, but I don’t see a link (PCO’s point 1 & 2 of available ways to view the report seem to be the same point though).

You can also email them for a copy (just sent my request), but those emails go to a dead email account, which is unfortunate as I am curious to know what this PCO timecapsule of 90′s venture into digital governmental reporting would look like (Realplayer video? Quicktime version 0.9? Hmmm…!). 

I think online video about the public service, from the public service is a good thing and should be encouraged, of the PCO and any department. Maybe PCO has an issue with setting precedence with anything public they do? I don’t know, but I hope not, they have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership (as they should) and make clear the direction they support. The clerk already does in their annual report. And then-PCO clerk Jocelyne Bourgon was a big supporter of technology, as well as learning in the public service. At least that’s what I’m reading right now. I’ll write more as I read/watch more…

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