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“2.0” What’s In It for You?

2008 May 30

About the author: Molly O’Neill, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer.

It is no secret that I believe Web 2.0 technology has a place in government. This new generation of technology (e.g. wikis, blogs, etc.) is not all that technically complex, but it’s web-based which means it can be used to build communities easily over the Internet. It is an amazing leap forward in how all of us interact with information.

Go to the National Dialogue Web siteHowever, I would hazard that most people are more interested in the quality and product of the experience with their government and with each other rather than with the enabling technology. So, we need to think about how best wikis, blogs, and discussion boards can be used to interact inside of government or with citizens. When we roll these new technologies out, we need to do so understanding we are learning and evolving. The transformation of Marcus Peacock’s blog “Flow of the River” into this Agency-wide blog “Greenversations” is a prime example. I am not exactly sure where this technology will ultimately take us at EPA, but I can say we should not be paralyzed by it or chase the leading edge to the extreme. It does, however, allow us to truly invite and integrate citizen, community, scientific, and regulatory contributions in new ways.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights how Web 2.0 is changing the way government does business “From Wikinomics to Government 2.0Exit EPA Disclaimer. The Federal CIO Community is working together on establishing Best Practices in Government 2.0 (Gov 2.0). And, understanding that these new collaborative tools might have in impact on policy, many of us in the federal government are addressing these issues together as well with help from the National Academy of Public Administration.

At EPA, our mission requires an intense level of collaboration with partners in our shared mission. I can see the future as not too far off where Gov 2.0 tools are used to share vast amounts of information between levels of government from all over the world and for government to engage citizens in new ways. This is a critical step in evolving government services to become more agile, responsive, and inclusive.

Please let me know your thoughts on how Gov 2.0 tools can be effective in enhancing access to environmental information by visiting our National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information website.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. John Stark permalink
    December 7, 2008

    It’s great to see that government is thinking web 2.0 or government 2.0 now, citizens and governments need more collaboration and communication to cope with the issues – many are challenging – effectively, and web 2.0 provide such interactivity and live collaboration.

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    March 26, 2010

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    Social media and networking web sites, along with successful social learning communities, provide powerful examples of the principles that government and the military can apply to their social learning programs.

  6. linda permalink
    July 23, 2010

    The time has come for gov. blogs to adapt themselves to the changing technology.Let’s face it. It is convenient to reach a lot of people through social media and networking sites. It is much easier to communicate through forums. Thanks and regards.

  7. Maplin permalink
    August 17, 2010

    Interesting indeed, thank you for the share.

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    September 16, 2010

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  9. Derek permalink
    October 3, 2010

    Thank you for the share,

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    October 10, 2010

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    October 14, 2010

    web 2.0 rocks, I know this is an older post but I can’t imagine not having web 2.0

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    October 28, 2010

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  13. Andria Bolton permalink
    November 5, 2010

    It’s great to see that government is thinking web 2.0 or government 2.0 now, citizens and governments need more collaboration and communication to cope with the issues – many are challenging – effectively, and web 2.0 provide such interactivity and live collaboration.

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    November 5, 2010

    I know this is an older post but I can’t imagine not having web 2.0 … But you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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    This was a thought-provoking piece. I would offer that hierarchy can imply a permanent structure (e.g. a hierarchy of angels) that cannot change, so that power and voice reside with same individuals, despite merit, expertise etc. It isn’t that we don’t prioritize or that power and influence don’t exist. The problem can occur, tending towards bureaucracy, when no matter what the topic, there is a structure that as you put it “stifles” voices and creativity.

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  17. senthil permalink
    December 16, 2013

    Definitely web 2.0 is helping governments and large parties as the feedback is very much essential to make further decisions.
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