The OII in collaboration with the UK Cabinet Office held a policy forum last December 2006, focused on the potential for new Internet and Web applications for better engaging the ‘Google generation’ in government and public policy. This led to a report which is available from the OII and attached here.
What, if anything, might governments do to facilitate the development of information and communication facilities that can better exploit public information resources to enhance the communicative power of citizens? In some ways, this idea harks back to efforts by the Clinton Administration to demonstrate the potential of the Web through public funding of a series of experients through the National Information Infrastructure initiative. New Internet developments, such as Web 2.0 applications, might well trigger new initiatives. There are a number of groups in the UK thinking about the better use and re-use of government information, such as the UK’s Advisory Committee on Public Information, and certainly much of the work of our own Oxford Internet Institute. But if you are doing work in his area, or know of research being done by others, please let me know.
For information about the Advisory Committee on Public Information, see: