Government 2.0

We have excess too much more than we used to have. With the Internet invention it became easier for people to communicate and express their opinion and share their knowledge not only between their surrounding of people, like family and friends but share it with people all over the world. People can easily protest and raise their voice compare to before with greater extension of people involved. The Internet opened us and increased people communication. Even people who never seen each other can participate and be involved in the same thing even being in different parts of the world.

Participation plays an important role in collaborative society. Society became more collaborative since the Internet invention. People connect to each other more, discuss, share, propose, vote, and advise now. For example, ‘Loomio’ (2014) website where people can create a group, discuss, share and decide about the issue they want to rise together.

 

According to Styles (2009), she proposes ‘what we need is a visualisation – a view that shows us government functions as a whole and enables us to explore the component parts. Then, we could add an architecture of participation – put it to users as to what issues should be put to the people’. For example, Open Government Data (2014) website provides information that government have to the public to see and know what is happening. On the other hand, according to WikiLeaks that keeps on finding information that was hidden from the public that opposes Open Government Data. However, Open Government Data is making first step allowing people to know what the government is doing and build the trust between government and public.

 

However, by bringing people together and share information, it brings the issue of privacy. According to Morozov (2013) ‘networked computing would allow us to do things that we already do without networked computing: shopping, entertainment, research. But also: espionage, surveillance, and voyeurism’. The issue of privacy and hacking people’s private information from social network websites, phones and messages became common. For example, how Facebook was selling their customer’s information to NSA (Morozov, 2013).

 

Our world becoming more and more collaborative but there are still issues that need to be changed, like privacy, hacking, truthful information and communication. With the Internet developing it became easier to share and search the information. It is great to see that government is making the first step of collaborating with people and extend their understanding of the government, what it does and what it can provide for people. However, hidden information is still existing that makes people not be aware of what is happening and have lack of trust towards the government.

 

Reference List:

 

LOOMIO 2014, accessed 28 April 2014, < https://www.loomio.org>.

 

Morozov, E 2013, ‘The Real privacy Problem’, MIT Technology Review, Issue October 22 2013, accessed 28 April 2014, < http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/520426/the-real-privacy-problem/>.

 

Open Government Data 2014, accessed 28 April 2014, < http://opengovernmentdata.org>.

 

Styles, C 2009, A Government 2.0 idea – first, make all the functions visible, accessed 28 April 2014, < http://catherinestyles.com/2009/06/28/a-government-2-0-idea/>.

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