Gov 2.0 Live Blogging Day 2...

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Deep Dive. Identity, Privacy, and Informed Consent in the Age of the Internet Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) -- Tim O'Reilly kicked it off with a personal statement about quickly reacting to "privacy incidents" with legislation and regulation.  "It is so easy to cut off a new technology before we understand it, before it realizes it's potential."  Tim would rather figure out the tech and then figure out the wrongs and rights.


Is it Possible to Share and Protect Sensitive Information? John Clippinger (Berkman Center Harvard University), Loretta Garrison (FTC), Dorothy Attwood (AT&T), Hilary Ward (Citibank)  -- Monetization of data.  Protecting data and sharing it at the same time.  How do you we create a framework to allow the utility of this data to be realized but being respectful of people's data.  Attwood: we need a paradigm shift but allowing them to share but also giving them control.  We need innovation around the tools to allow this.  It is a difficult test to stop the bad guys and bad practices but allow innovation.  Mr Clippinger suggested that the Fair Information Practices are outdated.  Garrison: It is a very challenging new world.  There is no anonymity on the internet.  No agreement on what compromises sensitive information.  No rules of the road.  Tech is moving too rapidly and outpaced policy making.  Enhanced notice for behavior advertising is needed.  "Reliance on notice, in the past, has been demonstrated that you cannot expect consumers to read these notices, understand whats going, and make decisions."  We need to factor in expectations of consumers.  Attwood: functionalizing privacy controls around behavioral advertising, making them actionable to individuals.  Garrison: If users don't want to be tracked that should be able to say no. (Note: Will update with review...)

The Future of Privacy Jules Polonetsky (Future of Privacy Forum) -- Shared anecdotes about opt-in on facebook. Does not want to talk privacy but rather responsible data sharing and use.  Technology solutions will fix privacy issues before policy and regulation.  Facebook has made privacy a hot-topic issue, a populist issue.  Featurizing My thoughts: Jules thinks that the value of the data, the experience, will start to outpace the concerns of privacy.  The privacy concerns are simply from people who don't get it, who don't understand.  I disagree.  Notes: will digest and update.  Tim O'Reilly tweeted: "@timoreilly: idea that many privacy problems are actually issues of responsible data use #g2s [clever reframing to minimize issue]"

The Robin Sage Experiment -- Very sadly, this was canceled.  I think this is an excellent and important study.Check out my write up and interview about the experiment:

Future Shock: Cognitive Radio and Spectrum Policy Dan Reed (Microsoft) -- Demand for spectrum (wireless signals) is outpacing ability to allocate.  We are shifting into a many device world.  Must be nimble as we think of our policies with spectrum.

Cloud Changes Everything Steve Herrod (VMware) -- The idea of cloud nirvana is that the cloud will solve all problems.The real challenge people have is that they are stuck in a legacy mess and looking to get into cloud optimizations.  Cloud shifts money and operational allocations.  If you have money to build a data center and run a data center, how does cloud work into that?  Where there used to be a huge upfront cost, now it is a service you pay for like electricity.  How does the cloud work with education?  VMWare is launching a new foundation focused on education.  Herrod discussed an example called The Illini Cloud, linking schools together to build a co-op cloud and pooling their resources.

A Conversation with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen Debra Bowen (State of California) -- Open Source voting machines! "The place where you can make the argument best for open source software is in the elections process."  I cannot agree more with this.  Proprietary voting machines, whose code cannot be review, do not support the public election process.  Open source, open review, open process for a private vote.

Why We Need Open Source Electronic Voting Systems Gregory Miller (Open Source Digital Voting Foundation) -- Bryan Sivak (, CTO of Washington DC stepped in for Gregory to present. Trust the Vote Project is the flagship effort of the OSDV Foundation.  Open standards, ballot counting, and more."If I think about what Gov 2.0 truly means to me, this is a great example: reinventing voting in the 21st Century."

Missed a few sessions here...will back fill.

Creating Passionate Citizens Kathy Sierra (Creating Passionate Users) -- Reverse-engineer passion...passion is people who are so into a subject, getting better at, and sharing.  Where ever there is passion, there are people kicking ass. Create deeper, richer experiences and help better get better at a thing."Stop trying to make a killer app, and instead focus on making a killer user."   Annnnnnnnnnd Kathy used lolcats as an example of passionate users.  Win!   Amazing presentation.

The Need for Enterprise 2.0 in the Military Blake Hall ( -- Democratization of Military information.  Need to reverse information flows from bottom up to top down.

Gov 2.0, Federal Use of Social Media and the Law Elizabeth Hochberg (General Services Administration) -- brand protection, IP, trademark, and laws.  Engage lawyers early on.  Compliance with policies and most laws is NOT impossible.  Great presentation, we need more tech savvy lawyers in Gov. A picture of all the laws that apply to Gov 2.0 products:

Photo by Steve Radick.


One Step, Many Feet. How Technology is Changing the Relationship Between Citizen and Government Stacy Donohue (Omidyar Network)  -- detailing the Omidyar network

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