Government 2.0 around the world


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Government 2.0 around the world

  1. 1. Gov 2.0 around the world<br />>> Accompanying notes from Gov 2.0 Lunch discussion<br />27 May 2011<br />Allison Hornery<br />@allisonhornery<br /><br />
  2. 2. Assorted roles, hats and interests…<br />2of 14<br />‘Advocate at large’<br />Programs, policy and facilitation<br />‘connected public sphere’ -> Gov 2.0<br />Cities and communities focus<br />How Gov-Tech makes sense<br />Associate of the FutureGov network<br />London, Washington DC, now Australia -> @futuregov<br />Co-founder of CivicTEC<br />Discovering a role for a NFP ‘centre of gravity’ > <br />Ability to mobilise and generate goodwill<br />Currently working with major tech, gov and civil society players to pull a NFP consortium together<br />More at / @civictec<br />Oh, and @Gov20Radio!<br />So, a foot in several camps<br />
  3. 3. 3of 14<br />Today – Gov 2 around the world<br />Global context<br />Nature of Gov 2.0<br />Influences<br />What does all of this mean?<br />
  4. 4. Global context<br />4of 14<br />Benchmarking<br />UN e-Gov rankings <br />biennial process, national level<br />anchored in conventional eGov space.<br />Australia ranks consistently in the top 10<br />Challenge = 3 levels of government; much more distributed service delivery<br />Connectivity scorecard<br />Annual benchmarking effort - London Business School + Nokia Siemens Networks. <br />50 countries in 2 groups - innovation-driven and resource-driven<br />Measures useful connectivity – infrastructure + how well it’s used -> productivity<br />Australia again performs in the top 10 of the innovation-driven economies<br />
  5. 5. Global context<br />5of 14<br />Australia is regularly referenced for the work of the Gov2 Taskforce and the Open Government directive. <br />Unique but lower profile > focus on public sector innovation and instilling the cultural change necessary to broaden and deepen Gov 2.0<br />We are definitely on the ‘leaderboard’ of the developed economies<br />
  6. 6. Nature of Gov 2.0<br />6of 14<br />From comparative data to real world case studies<br />development and innovation is springing up in the most surprising of places. <br />Government of Kenya - participatory budgeting via social media <br />Comprehensive e-Oman program<br />Walsall Council in the UK live casting the Councils activities for 24 hours<br />Breadth of activity is mind blowing.<br />Which brings me to my next point<br />Vexed debate - what is Gov 2.0? <br />Relationships between e-Government, Gov2.0 and OpenGov<br />“Government as a platform” <br />Potentially problematic concept, especially without context<br />Can reinforce skew towards tech and not towards change<br />
  7. 7. 7of 14<br />Nature of Gov 2.0<br />Observing in real world reality of making this stuff workand then stick: <br />It's an evolution from e-Government -> Gov 2.0 -> OpenGov<br />Have developed economies have become lazy?<br />In emerging economies<br />Gov 2.0 means new ways of doing Government, not just app competitions <br />Open government means open for business and accessible to citizens, not just transparency <br />Gov 2.0 is permanent beta<br />Endgame? “we-gov”<br />
  8. 8. 5 major influences of the continuum<br />8of 14<br />1. The growing importance of place<br />Place-based information and services<br />Location Intelligence<br />Connects policy and portfolio areas<br />Economy<br />Transport and liveable cities<br />Regional development <br />Environmental sustainability<br />Health and safety<br />Social inclusion<br />
  9. 9. 9of 14<br />5 major influences of the continuum<br />2. Access to broadband<br />Huge growth of broadband access in developed regions<br />Broadband programs starting to emerge everywhere – national, regional, municipal, rural<br />Broadband Commission > ‘Sharehouse’<br />NBN<br />Everywhere we went last year, people wanted to talk about it<br />But Australians ambivalent – how to communicate it?<br />It’s a fundamental utility<br />
  10. 10. 5 major influences of the continuum<br />10of 14<br />3. Impact of mobile<br />Cellular subscriptions in developing countries has exploded<br />Innovation in ways we can’t imagine<br />Plus penetration of smartphones in developed countries<br />m-Government has huge potential<br />Role of SMS > Ushahidi’s new Huduma service<br />
  11. 11. 5 major influences of the continuum<br />11of 14<br />4. The rise of the (small) city<br />We are becoming increasingly urban<br />Civic level interest in Gov 2.0 is growing<br />City-level camps (eg #CCLDN)<br />Apps4 competitions - apps are the new black<br />This is where we’re going to see tangible innovation and co-creation between citizens and their governments.<br />Also where Gov 2.0 is most holistic<br />CivicTEC has developed Civic 2.0 model<br />
  12. 12. 5 major influences of the continuum<br />12of 14<br />5. Internet access as a right<br />Finland enshrined high speed broadband Internet access as a fundamental, legislative right<br />Other end of the spectrum > countries “turning off” the Internet to stop citizens communicating and organising<br />Subject of the eG8 summit this week<br />
  13. 13. What does this mean ?<br />13of 14 <br />Gov 2.0 is different in so many places and in so many different ways - the story is still unfolding. <br />And the only way of understanding it is not to try and get your arms around the whole thing, but to look for the smaller stories that make the most sense for you.<br />
  14. 14. What does this mean ?<br />14of 14<br />The big thing we've learned is that people don't ask. <br />Leaders are so busy leading that its hard to create a bridge for the people who don't get it<br />So we think there's an important place for people like us in building that bridge by telling the stories and showcasing the progress and linking the leaders<br />This might be through netcasts like Gov2 Radio, or the Gov2 scholarships program that we're hoping to introduce this year<br />So we invite you to connect with us, as well as reaching out, up and down to help build this bridge<br />