What does Web 2.0 have to do with the federal government?

April 1, 2009 at 11:16 pm 2 comments

Text messaging.  YouTube.  Facebook.  Twitter.  Wikipedia.  Skype.  Toys to some.  But these digital technologies are revolutionizing the way that many individuals are connecting with each other, building relationships and organizing themselves around common interests or goals. 

Social media is not just changing how we interact on a personal level, but it is also changing the face of business.  The ever-evolving world of Web 2.0 is characterized by low-entry barriers for communities, communication and engagement.  The private sector has already begun to capitalize on the opportunities that these technologies present and are adapting their business models to capture the attention (and involvement) of whole networks of customers.  As  Don Tapscott explains in his book Wikinomics, the era of mass collaboration is upon us.

So where does that leave government? 

Early on in the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Barack Obama embraced the use of social media.   As President, he has continued to use the internet as a way to reach the American public – just last week President Obama was successful in drawing over 93,000 users to an online town hall meeting .  No longer are we strictly operating in a world of Web 2.0.  We are seeing the highest level of leadership in our country support a movement towards Government 2.0.

As part of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board’s (FEB) 2009 “Leadership Government” program, a team of federal employees will explore the question “What does Web 2.0 have to do with the federal government?”  In some instances, we are already seeing some of our agencies employ the use of these technologies to advance the mission and serve the public.  In other instances, we are seeing restrictions placed on the use of these technologies due to federal concerns with privacy regulations, IT security concerns, and Congressional intervention.  Our intent is to use this blog as a vehicle to educate ourselves and other federal employees about these issues and explore potential applications of these technologies that will add value to the Atlanta federal community.


Entry filed under: Social Networking / Web 2.0.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rachellynnallen  |  April 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Great article! I’m glad to be working on this project. Hopefully we can help align the government with the rest of the world. Woudn’t it be a great thing if the government was actually a technology front runner for once? This project presents an incredible opportunity.

    • 2. geejai54  |  April 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm

      I remember when I came to work for the Fed Govt 10 years ago and my Agency was still using Word Perfect even though most of the private industry had converted to Microsoft Office. I felt like I was in the land that time forgot. Well within a few months of coming on board the agency converted to Microsoft. You should have heard the out cry from many of my co workers ,I however was over joyed. I too am hoping that we(Govt) will not only become the one who funds the innovations but that we become the front runner in using the applications. I am also excited about what were are learning as we take on this project and learn about Web 2.0.


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