Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner and the Special Minister of State Senator Joe Ludwig today launched a taskforce to investigate the government’s use of Web 2.0 approaches to improve government transparency and accountability.
This announcement is further evidence the Rudd Government is serious about Web 2.0, and has a clear understanding of its value.
The Government clearly sees Web 2.0 as a technology that has proven its worth in the US to gather public support. Kevin Rudd has closely followed the use of the web by the Obama team to gain support during the 2008 Presidential election campaign.
These Web 2.0 tools and strategies enable greater interaction and communication between the government and Australian citizens. Senator Ludwig said the taskforce will “allow business and others to innovate with government information so that it is more useful and compelling to others.”
The taskforce is headed by Dr Nicholas Gruen, the CEO of Lateral Economics, and will be comprised of experts and entrepreneurs from the public and private sector and academia.
This taskforce will investigate and provide advice on building a culture of online innovation within the government, to promote further communication between government agencies in respect to online and information activities and to make the government more participatory. The taskforce will also make recommendations on how to increase the accessibility of government information to the public.
The taskforce was also established to fund initiatives which actively demonstrate the value of government 2.0 objectives.
Lindsay Tanner has often mentioned his passion for using Web 2.0 technologies to change the dialogue between government and the wider community, including during a speech to the CeBIT eGovernment Forum in May this year.
Industry would be well advised to closely follow progress of the Taskforce. Information about the taskforces’ initiatives will be widely available and easily accessible via its blog www.gov2.net.au.