Friday, March 6, 2009

Facebook Governent

Obama named a Chief Information Officer yesterday, the first for this country. If you know how to use a computer and have ever tried to do anything more complicated that find a passport application online, you know there is huge upside to taxpayers to bringing the IT infrastructure up to speed.

The following Facebook reference is partly enlightening and partly scary:

"When it comes to information sharing and finding new ways of engaging the public, Kundra spoke highly of Facebook and sees it as a potential model. Facebook Inc.'s 140 million users have "been able to self-organize on issues, on policy, on problems and create a movement so people can be heard," said Kundra.

"We have the ability to run an open, transparent, participatory and collaborative government.""

Facebook works because small group of people designed it to deliver the best user experience possible. I don't think the Federal goverment is in that business - it's not small, it doesn't deliver and is not about the user.

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