Online Collaboration

William Eggers: Transition to Gov 2.0

William D. Eggers introduced the term Government 2.0 in his 2005 book, and his research and writing continue to explore issues surrounding the adoption of new collaborative technologies. His broader interest is strengthening the ability of government to manage and implement complex public policy issues. That’s the theme of his new book, If We Can […]

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Real-Time Online Video Meetings

Real-Time Online Video Meetings

Despite my share of disappointments with the latest “revolutionary” computer technology, I’ve become quite optimistic about online video meetings. In contrast to promotions about the potential of “game-changing” breakthroughs, the newly available services look not just promising but extremely useful right now. The previous post in this series discussed the capabilities of web conferencing, built […]

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Web Resources for Online Meetings - 1

Web Resources for Online Meetings – 1

Amid the excitement surrounding the Obama Administration’s use of the internet for massive public engagement, I’ve been looking for web-based applications that can be used on a much smaller scale to support collaborative policy projects. While online services can’t yet take the place of in-person dialogue, there are many applications that can offer significant support […]

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Online Voting for Public Policy vs. Consensus Building: Is That a Choice?

Online Voting for Public Policy vs. Consensus Building: Is That a Choice?

Although I haven’t seen a lot of discussion about this so far, the emergence of interactive tools for online citizen engagement poses interesting questions for the future of public policy consensus building. It’s still early days in the development of the web technology, and experiments so far have been spotty. Despite the high orbit of […]

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The City of Santa Cruz Goes Online for Public Ideas

Video courtesy of Web 2.0 ExpoSF-’09 and O’Reilly Media. Peter Koht of the City of Santa Cruz, CA, describes the city’s online method for gathering public ideas about how to handle a severe budget crisis. The platform is uservoice. Similar to the IdeaScale system used in the White House Open Government Initiative, it allows users […]

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Real Time Virtual Collaboration

Real Time Virtual Collaboration

As anyone who regularly uses the internet knows, we’re in the midst of an explosion of new web applications for collaboration and conferencing. These platforms use text chat, video, voice, screen-sharing and social media technologies for online, real-time meetings, but only the more costly services combine them all for use in large, global conferences. These […]

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