Government 2.0

Government 2.0 is neologism for attempts to apply the social networking and integration advantages of Web 2.0 to the practice of government. Government 2.0 is an attempt to provide more effective processes for government service delivery to individuals and businesses. Integration of tools such as wikis, development of government-specific social networking sites and the use of blogs, RSS feeds and Google Maps are all helping governments provide information to people in a manner that is more immediately useful to the people concerned (EPA Web 2.0 White Paper, Feb 2008).


Connect with Government
Listing the U.S. government's social media presence

O'Reilly's Government 2.0 Summit
"We must use all available technologies and methods to open up the federal government, creating a new level of transparency to change the way business is conducted in Washington, and giving Americans the chance to participate in government deliberations and decision-making in ways that were not possible only a few years ago." — From Barack Obama's campaign platform on technology

City of San Francisco promises to "open its data" with by Xeni Jardin, 19 Aug, 2009
"The new web site will provide a clearinghouse of structured, raw and machine-readable government data to the public in an easily downloadable format. For example, there will be updated crime incident data from the police department and restaurant inspection data from the Department of Public Health. The initial phase of the web site includes more than 100 datasets, from a range of city departments, including Police, Public Works, and the Municipal Transportation Agency. We imagine creative developers taking apartment listings and city crime data and mashing it up to help renters find their next home or an iPhone application that shows restaurant ratings based on health code violations."

Also see "DataSF: San Francisco on the Road to Openness" by Kelly Pretzer,
San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, 09/08/09
"San Francisco’s move towards emerging technologies in governance and the embrace of Web 2.0 principles began in earnest in June of 2009. Previously, the city had a limited social network presence (Facebook, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s personal Twitter account as well as assorted departmental Twitter accounts) and a good amount of services available online (such as parking ticket payments). In June, the Department of Technology and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, heavily inspired by President Obama’s January 21st memo on transparency and the City of Vancouver’s May 19th motion on “Open Data, Open Standards and Open Source,” set out to find the best way for San Francisco to enter the age of the open city. The “OpenSF” project has emerged from this process and is a compilation of other cities’ practices and our own perspective. The project has three directives: First, there must be a strong push towards the use of open source software and an effort to have these tools evaluated on equal footing with proprietary offerings during procurement processes. Second, we must have open participation and collaboration; this collaboration must not only between citizens and government, but government must also work to facilitate citizen to citizen discourse and sharing. Third, all data created by the City of San Francisco must be readily and easily available to anyone in the world at no cost. This third directive, that data should be freely shared and easily accessed, gave birth to the “DataSF” project, which is the focus of this presentation. DataSF will be a centralized data repository that will give the public access to raw government data in machine readable formats. DataSF will be fully operational in six months and for under $1000 in capital costs"


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Oakland Crimespotting is an interactive map of crimes in Oakland, and a tool for understanding crime in cities.
"We believe that civic data should be exposed to the public in a more open way. With these maps, we hope to inspire local governments to use this data visualization model for the public release of many different kinds of data: tree plantings, new schools, applications for liquor licenses, and any other information that matters to people who live in neighborhoods."
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A list of web and mobile tools to monitor the US elections: Typically national network of citizen journalists, independent filmmakers, and media professionals working together to document voter suppression (source: - mobile technology for social impact)

  • MyFairElection – Report your polling station’s
    condition on Election Day. (in partnership with ABC News)
  • TwitterVoteReport – Use twitter, SMS, audio call or an iPhone and Android applications to send in reports on Election Day. (in partnership with NPR)
  • Video Your Vote – Encourages people to video themselves voting and to upload those to YouTube. (in partnership with PBS)
  • – A wiki where users can learn about and enter in reports of voter suppression.
  • Our Vote Live – A site documenting the voter assistance work of the Election Protection Coalition that uses a phone call-in system (866-OUR-VOTE).

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Welcome to Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, where we are building a platform that crowdsources crisis information. Allowing anyone to submit crisis information through text messaging using a mobile phone, email or web form.