On the unique and disparate nature of the DC tech community

Recently, I had coffee with a long-time fixture of the Federal tech community. I’ve known this person off-and-on for a while but we’ve never done a one-on-one to get to know each other and compare notes. It was enlightening for me. As we went back and forth talking about different things we had done or…

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American TimeHop: How the National Archives could make uncovering old information easier and personalized

Want to understand how a government decision that seemed insignificant 15 years ago has a big effect on your life today? There’s an app for that. Well, actually, I lied — There isn’t. But there could be.   USA Today integrates TimeHop USA Today recently announced an intriguing new collaboration with TimeHop, an app whose…

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Across the Threshold: Evolution of the White House "We the People" Open Government Platform

Today is inauguration day in Washington, the day when Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States for another four years. In 2009, when this happened for the first time, the outgoing George W. Bush administration staffers were in many cases replaced by people with social media savvy, and in one of…

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Open Government: Navy Launches Public Wargame About U.S. Energy Crisis

In May 2012, the U.S. Navy will launch a week-long multiplayer online wargame in order to tackle America’s energy crisis as a national security issue. This effort is being spearheaded by the Department of Innovation of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), an academic-oriented applied research facility based on the outskirts of Washington, DC. For…

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What Is Open Government Entrepreneurship?

Tim O’Reilly often explains Open Government, or Government 2.0, as “Government as a Platform” on which citizens and build things for each other and participate in their government (rather than treating it like a vending machine).  The co-founder of Personal Democracy Forum and techPresident Andrew Rasiej has a similar notion that he terms WeGovernment. Right…

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Open Government: Five Big Questions About Government Social Media

The Federal government has made a good deal of progress toward being more transparent, collaborative, and participatory during the two years since President Obama took office. However, despite great strides, government practitioners’ use of social media is not very sophisticated, does not take advantage of the latest tactics and tools, and does not necessarily improve…

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