Transition Brew: The Next Administration and the Internet

mineAs the high season of political conventions fade and the general election kicks into gear, online communicators are positioning their top issues and agenda for the upcoming U.S. Presidential transition.

An exciting brew of ideas is perking. Time will tell if any of them stew into real change, but it sure is fun watching the pot boil. The ideas include:

  • a call from academia for government to shift away from publishing sites and into exposing data
  • a radical streamlining of sites in the UK that may hold promise for other nations to follow
  • an anti-corruption flag planted for transparency by the good-government crowd

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eGov Chatter: 15 UPA Convention Take-Aways from 2008

clutterPut about 100 eGov types in a room together, add a dash of international flavor, timely conversation and insider’s knowledge and stir. It’s a recipe for intrigue, intelligence and inspiration. My kind of magic.

When the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) met in Baltimore for their national conference in 2008, the eGov track proved to be a great locale to pick up the latest buzz about what’s on the horizon for this sector. I’ve found that the challenges large government website managers face put them on the cutting edge for topics touching every enterprise site.
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Congress Online: A Cautionary Tale for Enterprise Web Managers

East side of the US Capitol building. House of Representatives is in the lower-left.

I have just finished reading the Congressional Management Foundation June 2008 draft report “Communicating with Congress” and want to salute the organization and contributors for collaborating on stage-setting research to help lawmakers blaze the next trail in constituent communications.

While the findings related to grassroots advocacy and trust – showcasing a disconnect between the advocacy organizations, lawmakers and citizens — what struck me as the most important part of the study was classic disconnect between Congress’s reputation and the behavior of specific offices. The lessons here hold power for all large decentralized organizations hoping to up their game in web technology.
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