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RE: 'universal hashtags' (was: Re: White House Launching Open Government Plan...)

From: J.H. Snider <jhsnider@jhsnider.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 09:58:10 -0500
To: "Bruce.Melendy@diird.vic.gov.au" <Bruce.Melendy@diird.vic.gov.au>
CC: Steven Clift <clift@e-democracy.org>, eGovIG IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <AD90428F1B51484FBECDC79CCDD7028C2BC0FCA7@winxbeus20.exchange.xchg>
On the question of nomenclature, you might find useful my 2001 commentary in Government Technology, E-Government vs. E-Democracy<http://www.newamerica..net/publications/articles/2001/e_government_vs_e_democracy>.  I argued that it is harmful to equate e-government with e-democracy reform because the motivations leading to the two types of reform are so different.  If you are a government official opposed to e-democracy but supportive of e-government, I think conflating the two terms is good political strategy.  But if you're a democratic reformer, you want to reserve separate terms for e-government and e-democracy.  For a more recent article of mine on the awful politics of e-democracy, see Would You Ask Turkeys to Mandate Thanksgiving? The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency<http://www.isolon.org/Publications/09-05-11--JITP--V6N2--TheDismalPoliticsOfLegislativeTransparency.pdf>, published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

This is my first time posting to this forum, but I've been a longtime lurker and applaud the work you are doing.


J.H. Snider, MBA, Ph.D.
Web: www.isolon.org<http://www.isolon.org/>

From: public-egov-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:public-egov-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Bruce.Melendy@diird.vic.gov.au
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 9:47 PM
To: Steven Clift; eGovIG IG
Subject: 'universal hashtags' (was: Re: White House Launching Open Government Plan...)


I'm curious how 'edem' has become the 'universal' hashtag - esp when there don't appear to be any tweets available with it more than 7 days old.

What about 'egov' or 'gov20' or 'gov2'?

I would argue that e-democracy is a type of e-government and not the other way around (making the latter the umbrella term), as the latter includes forms of interaction with government that are not strictly about deliberation and decision-making.

Ah, open tagging - a double-edged sword.


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public-egov-ig-request@w3.org wrote on 08/12/2009 12:35:27 PM:

> It you tweet any comments on Tuesday during the 11 a.m. Eastern
> webcast - http://www.whitehouse.gov/live - be sure to use the
> "universal" hashtag for things e-democracy-related be it transparency,
> participation, information access, open government, politics online,
> etc.:  #edem  or follow the stream at:
> http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23edem
> Also note #opengov: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23opengov

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