The current discussion related to eGovernment and participation is deteriorating continuously, as it focuses on the present primary use of social media: a “Like” or short Tweet with a maximum 140 characters. However, the much spoken of and desired participation … Continue reading

Examined from a bird’s eye perspective, reports on Open Government give a thoroughly positive impression: Open Government creates transparency, Open Government enhances citizen orientation, Open Government enables citizen participation, Open Government provides free data, etc.

The social web continues to grow – and so does its importance – both for the purpose of social interaction and for commerce. Although there are sporadic cases of companies excluding themselves from the social media environment, today’s consumer sector, … Continue reading

2010 was the year that the mobile Internet became suitable for the mass. 2011 will be the year that might see the full breakthrough, giving the “always-online” users access to anything on the Internet, anywhere, anytime – whether by mobile … Continue reading

If your (public sector) organization considering launching an open data process, the question where all this open data would be coming from, might have been raised at some point. There are two ways to look at this. The one way … Continue reading

More often than not, open government advocates see themselves as being in an uphill battle against giant bureaucratic monsters, as fighting the David versus Goliath fight. Just the same, especially in the “old” bureaucracies of Europe, public administrations see themselves … Continue reading

Public (and private) sector organizations will remain walled gardens unless the way they communicate internally and externally changes radically – open interfaces are the way to go.

One of the open government movement’s main agenda items is more transparency supported by ICT. More transparency brings better governance, makes administrations more efficient and brings citizen support and legitimacy, they argue. There is not universal agreement however on the … Continue reading