Archive for the ‘Gov 2.0’ Category

Finishing up on Social Media

I created this site when first experimenting in social media and is often used as an example for staff to get an idea on how a blog can be used.

The social media side of things has been taken over now (as it usually does) by the public affairs unit and from an IT stand point it’s really about ensuring staff have the tools to use and not restricted in any way in using social media tools.

Later on I’ll probably resurrect this site in anther form or another but for now the posts will be fairly few and far between.  That’s not to say I’m still not blogging, but I’ve decided to focus more on IT and less around the social media phenomena.

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Categories: Gov 2.0

US State Dept and Hilary Clinton on using social media tools

I came across this article Chasing Hilary Clinton by Danielle Cave about how Hilary Clinton and the US State Department (think the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs) use social media to keep those interested informed.

What amazed me was the US State Department is using all of the most common free tools in a combined way.  They are using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, a blog and You Tube and even down to a google map showing you Hilary’s travels.

Now I’m not saying for 1 minute that Hilary actually writes stuff herself.  I know she would have a team doing it but I wonder just  how big that team is ?.

Categories: Gov 2.0

Public Service Gov 2.0 Govdex Community

An extract from the AGIMO blog by Ann Steward Federal Government CIO about a new community for Australian Public Servants to share experiences with their endevours in the gov 2.0 world and ecouragement to join the community.

“While engaging with the public online is a crucial part of Government 2.0, it is also important to encourage online collaboration between public servants. To that end, one of the Government 2.0 Taskforce’s recommendations was to establish an online forum where public servants can discuss their Gov 2.0 projects and the lessons they’ve learned from them.

AGIMO has created a Government 2.0 govdex community for this very purpose, with membership open to Australian public servants from all levels of Government. The community is intended as a place where public servants can ask questions, share experiences and collaborate with colleagues, with guidance set by the Australian Public Service Commission.

I encourage public servants from any level of government in Australia to send an email to to arrange an invitation to the Government 2.0 govdex community, and to tell colleagues about the community. Hopefully the community will prove to be a useful resource for sharing experiences and lessons learnt as public servants work towards implementing Government 2.0.”

Categories: Gov 2.0

Public Service 2.0

The following is a slide presentation delivered by Helen Silver, Secretary Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria at the ANZSOG National Conference on 12 August 2010 .

I really like the simplicity in slide 2 which highlights the differences in Public Service 1.0 against Public Service 2.0.

But I do wonder if many agencies will still try and apply Public Service 1.0 procedures, guidelines and processes to a Public Service 2.0 world ?

Categories: Gov 2.0

HOW TO: Help Employees Talk About Your Brand Online

An interesting perspective on creating an environment within a workplace which embraces social networking.  Rather than creating guides and policies on what you can’t do, maybe we should reverse the tables and advise what you can do.   Maybe this is what is missing in some of the draft policies I’ve read from a number of agencies.

HOW TO: Help Employees Talk About Your Brand Online.

Categories: Gov 2.0

Web 2.0 Sites Necessitate Updates To Employee Usage Strategies & Governance Policies

The following article Social Collaboration for the Enterprise raised a number of  interesting points and observations on development of acceptable use policies for Web 2.0 sites.  One in particular I enjoyed was:

” Many Acceptable Use Policies date from the last century, which equals several generations in Internet time, so trying to control, tame, or even guide today’s online behavior with such relics is like trying to apply horsemanship rules for the trails of the Wild West to freeway traffic in LA.”

I’m wondering how many agencies might right now be developing web 2.o policies based on those which were “created several generations ago in internet time”.

I’m not sure that there really needs to be separate individual agency guides.

Tthe Australian Public Service Commissions  APS  Values and Code of Conduct in Practice (specifically chapters 3 and 15) seem to adequately cover acceptable use for APS staff in web 2.o technologies.

Categories: Gov 2.0

Gov 2.0 culture needs nurture (and a catalyst) – and we’re not there yet

Gov 2.0 culture needs nurture (and a catalyst) – and we’re not there yet.

Whilst I agree with many of the statements made in this article,  I actually do think there are some small steps being taken it just might not be the speed at which some would like.

Categories: Gov 2.0