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Re: Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

From: Tom Lee <tlee@sunlightfoundation.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:53:43 -0400
Message-ID: <CAD=5VdGnjA=YY12zqg3T7YVuv0zMr7PYkBRa913H8ALxZyj1mA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Cc: public-egov-ig <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Absolutely agreed (and thanks for the kind words!). I don't mean to dump on
Shirky! He's one of the thinkers I most admire. And certainly I agree with
the call for better tools that you rightly identify.

On Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM, Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com> wrote:

> Hi Tom,
>
> Thanks for the pointer to that Sunlight post, I had missed it, and I
> think it is a great companion piece to the Shirky talk.
>
> I didn't get the sense from Shirky's presentation that he thought we
> just needed to get government using GitHub (yes he simplified the
> history of DVCS) and all our problems would be solved. Instead I
> thought that he made a pretty eloquent plea for better tools for
> participation, so that government can pull as well as push. Democratic
> government's can't simply dump data out transparently and expect
> everything to work out--although it is an important first step.
>
> By the way, thanks for all the work you and Sunlight folks are doing
> to build these new tools :-)
>
> //Ed
>
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