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In a webinar about Gov 2.0 on Tuesday, publisher and conference convener Tim O’Reilly referred to Carl Malamud as the father of the Gov 2.0 movement. Wednesday, Malamud was in San Francisco at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation offices for the 10th in a series of 15 workshops he’s hosting around the country for his current project, Law.gov, which aims to create an authenticated bulk data feed for all primary legal materials in the U.S.
Malamud is not a lawyer, but he’s met plenty – allies and adversaries – in his time as the nation’s “rogue archivist.” If you want open government, Malamud’s your go-to guy. Intense and lightly sweating, at 9 a.m. he was decorating tables with postcards highlighting one of Law.gov’s foundational elements, a state-by-state national inventory of legal materials; after the event, he broke down the space himself. Soon he’ll be in Chicago and DC before returning home to the Bay Area and wrapping up a project report. He exudes a revolutionary zeal and the steady confidence of a veteran of many open government and privacy skirmishes.
Wednesday’s series of panelists balanced open data dreams with hard truths about privacy in the globalized infoweb. Bob Berring, a UC Berkeley law professor, summed up the core issue: Carl is working on a 10 year old’s question: Government has laws. We have to obey those laws. Where are they?
Twitter in-house counsel Alexander Macgillivray talked about the difficulty for legal staff’s at small companies to afford basic research because of high Westlaw and Lexis fees – fees that units of government pay as well for access to legal documents.
Malamud believes that the law is one area that the disintermediating promise of the Internet has barely touched, and he brought in friend O’Reilly for a lunchtime discussion with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.
“What are we missing as a society because we are denied access to what is essentially the open source of our democracy?” O’Reilly asked.
A recurring theme was the problem of authentication of legal materials online, and the implied authority of the two major vendors. Erika Wayne, a Stanford law librarian, asked if anyone had seen an “informational only” disclaimer – common on web legal materials – on a physical book.
Chris Hoofnagle, a privacy researcher and UC Berkeley law professor also had a stark warning about the need to protect individual privacy as advocates seek to put more government information online. He argued that believers in “Big Brother” powers for the government – “I’m serious” – will use the language of the transparency movement to accomplish their goal of a surveillance society.
Despite the serious mission and very real challenges, the promising theme of open data, Law 2.0 mashups and lowered barriers to legal knowledge was not lost. Said Macgillivray, imagine a statue with its own Twitter account, tweeting its revisions.
Also check out the #lawgov Twitter hashtag for continued workshop information. Malamud and the Law.gov project will be featured on the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast this fall.

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You like those stories about the new words that make it into Webster’s each year, right? Well, I’m putting my Cal Rhetoric degree on the line to state that “Gov 2.0” is headed that way.

Plenty of smarter people have written a lot about the “language panel” at February’s Gov 2.0 LA Camp, which was more of a look at humanizing a movement that could easily devolve into a technocratic and ultimately narrow-minded clique than it was about trying to do away with jargon. But every now and then, we want to define our terms and argue about them, and this past weekend was as good a time to do that as any.

I want to cite quickly why I’m convinced the term “Gov 2.0” is here to stay.

First, the term is a semantic umbrella for several movements with real muscle: open government (in the sense of transparent decision-making, “sunshine”/”sunlight”); open source software in government; free release of data collected by governments, preferably in machine-readable format; social media in government; collaboration, crowdsourcing and prediction markets in government; and traditional “eGov” online services. Really, the term has already taken on a much broader meaning than even “Web 2.0.”

Next, I could cite the growing number of uncamps around Gov 2.0 or the fact that a growing number of public sector workers are embracing the term to describe their interest in shiny-cool government reform. Growing adoption of the term to describe a number of related and not-so-related initiatives and movements is part of the foundation for my opinion. But the key conversation that tipped me was a recent sit-down with Laurel Ruma, the chief Gov 2.0 evangelist for O’Reilly Media. Now, it might not agree with everything Tim O’Reilly says, but each time I’ve interacted with one of his company’s employees, I’ve come away impressed. O’Reilly Media is a serious company that picks its tech advocacy battles for the long haul – open source and Web 2.0 being the big ones – and with some great success. The fact that O’Reilly has staked a claim on Gov 2.0 and Ruma’s assertion that the company anticipates a decade-long evolution of the movement (O’Reilly’s definition is “gov as a platform“), give me faith that whatever tech-enabled reform good government folks are working on in 2015, it will still fall under the umbrella of Gov 2.0.

Last Saturday night, I was around bouncing Bill Grundfest’s Gov 2.0 LA language thoughts with Chris Heuer, co-founder of the Social Media Club. (Heuer’s definition is “technology making government better.”) Anyone who says “social media” with a straight face has already been in a few debates about the term, and staking his business model on it means Heuer’s been at the center of the blogwars over how to describe the ever-evolving world of zero-cost communications. With his frank style, Heuer explained that whatever arguments exist, at some point people just call something what they call it.

“Gov 2.0” may be a Rorschach blot, but it’s here to stay.

~ Adriel Hampton is a public servant and host of Gov 2.0 Radio. Sometimes he stays up late at night wondering how to pronounce periods, and what they mean for search trends.

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oreilly_adamtinworth1Progressive activists have been working for years to change how politics is funded and how government responds to everyday people.

Over the past several months, I have been tremendously inspired by “just folks” working on the inside of government to transform its culture and technology. One of those people is my friend Steve Ressler, who founded a network of government employees, contractors and interested outsiders on $50 and a vision. That network is now an idea machine giving hope for true change to thousands of government worker bees.

Today, I was able to host a great radio show with Ressler and BearingPoint communications director Steve Lunceford in conversation with Tim O’Reilly, one of the top minds in tech, and Sally Lieber, a fabulous progressive Democrat from Silicon Valley who’s working to wrap her mind around the Government 2.0 revolution. Also aboard for the show were Generation Shift blogger Andrew Krzmarzick and WELL alumnus Michael Russell.

A change is a’coming.

Photo by Adam Tinworth

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102_0214_r11What do you want to know?

Steve Ressler of GovLoop and Steve Lunceford of GovTwit and BearingPoint in conversation with the founder of O’Reilly Media and the voice of Web 2.0. He’s crashing DC in September with the Gov 2.0 Summit, and we’re talking to him Sunday, 2 p.m., on BlogTalkRadio.

I’m down with O’Reilly’s “Work on Stuff that Matters” meme, and I know you are, too.

If you can, tune in live, let us know if you plan to call in (@adrielhampton), and tell us here what interests you. Thanks!

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oreillyOur demo show on Monday went down pretty well. The regular Government 2.0 Radio show on BlogTalkRadio will be Sundays at 2 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST.

Based on the energy Monday night, when we actually trended Gov 2.0 on Twitter (trust me, that’s hard to do), we’ll be making the slot a regular hour as long as you keep joining us. For the first official show this Sunday, Steve Ressler and I will be joined by BearingPoint communications director Steve Lunceford (Lunceford runs the GovTwit list) and guest Tim O’Reilly to talk about his SF Web 2.0 Expo and the upcoming Gov 2.0 Summit in DC this September. Bet on Ari Herzog jumping in as well, with other TBA guests and call-ins, plus you.

From there on out, we will be looking to interview local, state and federal officials and consultants, as well as social media thinkers, using new technologies to transform government from the inside. Thanks for tuning in!

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