If America is to move forward it needs a vision for the future. As a technologist, naturally a vision to use the new tools to make government and "open Social Network" caught my attention.
Obama's Digital Vision is a revolution when you look close. On the surface it is a remarkable comprehensive 5-point plan.
· 1. Ensure the full and free exchange of information among Americans through an open Internet and diverse media outlets.
·2. Create a transparent and connected democracy.
·3. Encourage the deployment of a modern communications infrastructure.
·4. Employ technology and innovation to solve our nation's most pressing problems, including reducing the costs of health care, encouraging the development of new clean energy sources, and improving public safety.
5. Improve America's competitiveness.
The Democrats have always lead in the promotion and actual use of the "Internet", before there was and Internet. We all remember the time wasted on the Gore, "Invented the Internet" foolishness. When you look under the covers of the Digital Vision, it goes way beyond anything out of either parry, or the independent space. All the bullets are important and work together however, the second bullet is the key to the revolution.
When I was in corporate America, I spent a lot of time helping leadership understand a simple reality, "Technology, is to important to be left to the Technologists". I encouraged leadership to elevate technology to a cabinet level position, not reporting to the finance Vice President because you don't know what to do with it and technology seems is expansive. I would say to leaders around the country, really make the Chief Technologist a strategic partner and they will get the tools to the people in the organization who can produce the biggest bang for the Techno-Buck.
The technology industry understood this; the Finance (Banks, Wall Street etc.) industry understood this however, General Business, Non Profits and Government did not. Today Business and the Non Profit community understand the mission critical import, of cabinet level strategic technology integration into the business plan. This is evidenced, by the rise of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Government has been behind the curve and failed to use this business tool. Obama is the first to propose fixing this gross error.
Obama envisions a new open democratic government, where citizens have access to relevant government data online. Imagine that, an open government, where citizens can participate in government meetings and provide real-time input to decision making. The current model is, we talk to our "representatives", and they talk to government departments. Imagine, you having all relevant social security information on-line and being part of a social security policy meeting – before the policy is cast in concrete, WoW. That is what I mean by the word, revolution.
Obama plans to put a CTO in place, charged with utilizing technology to open up our democracy, empower our citizens, and get the other points in Digital Vision activated.
Just sit back and think about that for a minute, "Government", as an Open Social Network. Hmm
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