Financial organisations can give zero interest loans in a profitable manner provided the government guarantees the deposit made as a result of the loan. The government does not guarantee the loan only the money deposited as a result of the loan. The government can stipulate that it will provide this guarantee for loans to finance infrastructure development that meets government 2.0 objectives. Government agencies, ...more »
To facilitate the development of Government 2.0 a national Information Statute is needed to establish the framework within which issues such as standards, definitions, security, silos, location based services, etc, can evolve. This should harmonise the myriad of bottom-up and un-coordinated initiatives which are currently occurring.
Most governments by default keep IP rights, and thus the right to prevent open sourcing the code. In SA at least there are provisions that allow staff to retain IP rights in very special circumstances, with high-level approvals. What if we changed that so IP rights by default go to the creator, with a perpetual license to the government department that commissioned the work? Only with affirmative effort would government ...more »
The overwhelming majority of senior people in government are on the wrong side of the digital divide - they are not part of the Digerati, in fact, they might be better described as closet luddites. This isn't their fault; it’s just a plain, simple, generational fact. If they were using computers at all when they went to high school, today’s 50+ year-old senior manager was using punch cards as the principle input ...more »
There is a need for departments to engage in business architecture in a meaningful way. It's important to understand areas for potential shared value across portfolio domains. The drivers for collaboration that get traction are based on shared business interest.
It would be great if the Taskforce, or it’s replacement, provided scholarships for ongoing public servants to attend these types of events to increase public sector expertise in the Gov 2.0 space. These scholarships could be for public servants new to the social media space and as part of their terms for participation have them required to maintain a blog and Twitter feed of their experience and provide presentations ...more »
The NZ government has recently put out a proposal for ideas on a commercial arrangement with industry in the area of identification management. http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Resource-material-Identity-Verification-Service-Online-identity-services-commercial-relationships?OpenDocument
This concept could be applied to other data and to other areas of government service delivery in the Gov 2.0 space.
Require all government agencies to electronically answer an individual's electronic request Do you hold any information about me - yes or no? Under the Privacy Principles all agencies are required to answer this question - yes or no. Agencies, however, are not required to provide a way for a person to ask this question in an electronic form. It is proposed that they be required to accept an electronic request from the ...more »
Government agencies have produced a substantial amount of videos over the years, that can help people solve their interaction challenges with government, get educated about new initiatives, access general news or find out other information. These videos tend to be well buried within agency sites. An additional exposure for those videos can be achieved through a government video portal along similar lines to the proposed ...more »
Each of our government agencies has their own, unique systems for arranging travel. If you have worked across different agencies as I have you know how totally different those systems are, and that many are easier to use than others! Let's create a new system which can be used by any member of the APS, acts a bit like the commercial Wotif site - and you can book flights, cars, accomodation through it. I realise this ...more »
The fundamental element for every citizen in a democracy is the right to vote. The fundamental problem for every .gov.au agency is the ability to prioritize the things which citizens think should be done. This ideascale points us at a useful tool. We have two problems. The first is an ID which makes a vote count (once). The second is a place like vote.gov.au which brings together all the issues being addressed by three ...more »
Unfortunately, the better implementation of Gov 2.0 you envisage, the less likely it is the gubermint will embrace it. Gov 2.0 won't happen unless there is strong direction from "the top" to make this is a priority. Gov 2.0 won't happen unless there is a clear demand from the people. My proposal is to strategically market and promote the concept of Gov 2.0 in order to build support from the community: to put it on their ...more »