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

From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 05:03:52 -0400
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To: public-egov-ig <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
I imagine most of you have seen this already, but in case you haven't
Clay Shirky's Ted Talk from earlier this year (recently posted) is
really inspiring for those that care about the egov space:

  How the Internet will (one day) transform government

Near the end there's a segment that really sums up the challenge that
this w3c egov-ig faces:

The people experimenting with participation don't have legislative
power, and the people who have legislative power are not experimenting
with participation. They are experimenting with openness. There's no
democracy worth the name that doesn't have a transparency move, but
transparency is openness in only one direction, and being given a
dashboard without a steering wheel has never been the core promise a
democracy makes to its citizens.

I encourage you to give it a listen.

Received on Tuesday, 9 October 2012 09:04:24 UTC

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