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  1. I found this an interesting post. I teach over 50’s to use the internet and social media for the first time, and I have an interest in the overlap with the OpenGov and OpenData movements (are they movements?), and how citizens in the future will be able to communicate and collaborate with the individuals and people who govern them and the issues which affect them.

    I think the critisism you mentioned (Although I have not been party to who is being critical and what these critisims are about) is normal aswel.

    We do not know what the future of the internet will be – and although there is a swing to jump into social media (personally, in business, and in gov) there are doubts for everyone about the potential cost vs benefits of openness. I think the key it talking about it … and what it means and bringing up all the issues surrounding it – which I think the unconferences have been a good starting point.

    I would encourage other people who have read the post made by Emma to make a comment. Do not be a lurker – comment event to acknowledge that you have read the post and give at least a little feedback to start a discussion>>>

  2. Delighted to see you back on the blog🙂

    Am curious about whether we had more teachers than students at the barcamp, or the other way around? And whether we needed a bit more in the way of a visit from the board of Governors?

    ( oh, and I forgot to mention my blog, as featured on your lovely Roll, moved a few months back to http://paulclarke.com/honestlyreal )

  3. Thanks Paul, yes, just battling through the block – will come up with something sensible shortly🙂

    There were no teachers – in the sense that I am talking about above – at Barcamp!

    Sorry about your blog, my blog roll is appallingly neglected, will fix it this week.

  4. since when did publication of documents [and data on data.gov.uk] count as ‘digital engagement’. Frankly govt is terrible at engagement with its citizens and research shows that when they do contact govt their experience often leaves them with a worse opinion. there is absolutely no point in believing either politicians or civil servants’ spin that publishing a document means that either anything substantive has been done or will be done – often it means the exact opposite. Many strategy documents, promises and plans are strictly for appearances, just like Mao’s 5 year plans with the difference that those actually had an effect….

  5. Yes, I take your point, but getting the data out there for the developer community to use, or businesses to use – is one of the moves towards building an engaged digital community.

    I hope that the work that has begun will start to have a visible effect soon and that the engagement with everyone becomes a far faster, more focused process. No one wants to chat to government for fun, let’s face it.

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