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Government 2.0 Taskforce in launched

10 July, 2009
By Allison Orr

The Government has launched a new taskforce that will investigate how the Australian Government can use new Web 2.0 technologies to expand the uses of Commonwealth information and improve the way government engages with citizens.  "Web 2.0 tools and strategies are creating new horizons for informing and engaging the public and indeed for citizens to directly collaborate in the activities of government", Lindsay Tanner said.

The taskforce will be chaired by Dr Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics and will be made up of experts from academia, and the public and private sector.

The taskforce will make recommendations on the following areas:
• Making government information more accessible and usable.
• Making government more consultative, utilizing the views and knowledge of the general community.
• Building a culture of online innovation within Government.
• Promoting collaboration across agencies, sharing online innovations and knowledge.

The taskforce will consult widely via its blog: www.gov2.net.au.    It is expected to report to the Government by the end of the year, and will provide not just advice, but will also be able to fund initiatives which demonstrate the value of 2.0 objectives.

The taskforce will also host a series of open forums across the country in August and September to garner direct feedback from the community.   "I urge everyone with an interest in open government to take this opportunity to contribute their ideas and experiences".   For dates and registration details, go to the gov2 website.

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