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Mar 26: We-Govt, Govt as a Platform and Govt 2.0


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In this class, we looked at the differences between e-democracy, e-government and we-government, using seminal articles by Tim O'Reilly and Beth Noveck as starting points. We also looked at several concrete examples of "government as a platform" or "govt 2.0" in practice, ranging from NASA Clickworkers, Peer to Patent and Apps for Democracy to SeeClickFix and OpenStreetMap.

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Mar 26: We-Govt, Govt as a Platform and Govt 2.0

  1. 1. DPI-665Politics of the Internet Mar 26, 2012 We-Government,Government as a Platform, And Govt 2.0 Micah L. SifryAudio: CC-BY-NC-SA
  2. 2. Topics for discussion• E-government or e-democracy vs we- government.• Vending machine vs platform for collaboration.• Explain the differences.• What are some working examples of “government as a platform”?• What are the potential benefits to expanding this model further?
  3. 3. What is driving this trend?• Lowered transaction costs are making self-organization easier (inside and outside of govt)• The “long tail” of civic participation (the “government participatory class” identified by Pew)• The decline in deference to experts
  4. 4. Principles of Govt 2.0• Open by default• Open to self-service• Tap the wisdom outside of govt• Let people experiment• This is not participatory democracy or direct democracy or deliberative democracy
  5. 5. Some examples• NASA Clickworkers: (• Peer to Patent: (• Apps for Democracy (•• OpenStreetMap and Haiti (
  6. 6. Note for Weds class• Watson and Mayo “Power of Information” task force report link:• Watson on new task force: