During his campaign for US presidency, Barack Obama has shown that he understands the smart use of Web 2.0 technologies when he was mobilizing millions of followers by using Twitter as a powerful communication platform. Since then his administration keeps pushing the use of all kinds Web 2.0 technologies in government context. Vivek Kundra, recently assigned Chief Information Officer of the Obama administration, invited the public to make sensible use of government data when launching Data.gov. The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
Tim O’Reilly, known for coining the term “Web 2.0”, Google and the Sunlight Foundation called for the “Apps for America” prize in order to push the development of Data.gov mash-ups.
The Internet has changed our private lifes, it just started to change the way corporates do business and it is turning whole industries upside down. It will be interesting to watch how it will change the way we experience politics and public administration – for sure in ways we can’t even imagine today.