Archive for April, 2009

Subtitle for this post: What the Government of Canada can learn from the US Government about Web 2.0.

It was no surprise the US Whitehouse would get a boost of Web 2.0 with Barack Obama there. You know the stories: Web 2.0 propelled his campaign, and it follows him to the White House. It should be no surprise that Obama had a Facebook co-founder on his campaign team and the CEO of Google on his transition team. So the US Government is out there – on YouTube with weekly addresses, on Google Moderator to field questions for streamed town halls – and soon on a whole slew of other Web 2.0 tools.

Obama’s socially connected – and his government is too. Well, not completely, but they’re getting there.

And part of “getting there” is to, well, “get going”. Which isn’t difficult if there’s momentum. With as much momentum that Obama’s government has, the challenge may be to just gain traction and head in the right direction. With governments having so much difficulty getting connected with its citizens, it can be difficult to determine what that direction is – what with conflicting citizen values and stifling bureaucracy.

The President wants to post his video on YouTube! Get to it!

The President wants to know what he has to do to post his videos to YouTube. Gov't of Canada responds: "'I' He wants what now? Oh, we block that site."

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I’ve been having a few paradigm shifts lately about governments and Web 2.0. They have thrown me into a whirlwind spinning me 180°, which has been great because I do need a breather from looking in the Government of Canada too much and see the rest of the scenery.

This is the first of two posts covering 2 particularly interesting projects. One very recent and relevant to the government of Canada: the Information repository from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and the other huge and broad – the US Whitehouse (to be posted later this week).

The Privacy Commissioner totally gets it. And they share it.

Snapshot of PrivComm's Web 2.0 DPI site

Snapshot of PrivComm's Web 2.0 DPI site

I was absolutely excited to see the new website setup by the Privacy Commissioner: Deep Packet Inspection. I’ve mentioned ad nauseum how the Privacy Commissioner has a blog up – now they’ve followed it up with  a document repository of collected academic texts on privacy and technology. › Continue reading…


Visitors to the site were greeted yesterday by this screen: no more? no more?

Clicking on the “you can [leave me a note] on my compliant webpage ” link brought you to this:


I got phone calls, emails, “tweets” and Facebook messages. Reactions of surprise and non-surprise surprise. It was interesting – fun!

I’m willing to bet this was the first Web 2.0 prank in the Government of Canada ? Haha – with this narrow topic, perhaps. There were 48 views on the Wiki page – pretty good for a one-day prank – good level of attention about a website purportedly being taken down!

I think the kicker is that I only marketed it on Twitter and Facebook. I am kicking myself for not having set that up (with a feed that maybe just read ” =( ” or something. Purely Web 2.0 channels were used, and I mean purely – Facebook, Twitter and RSS are most definitely in the Web 2.0 camp. I didn’t email it out, or even show anyone by screen at work or anywhere else.

It was fun to do. Thanks to those who shared with me their reactions and their embarrassment. Kudos!

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