If Government 2.0 became a widely used tool for governance, it means everyone becomes part of the government, and everyone is available for groups of action. It does not mean everyone has to participate, it addresses on the equal rights of residents’ participation. How are you going to engage with government on the platform of Government 2.0? Think from the trivial part of life, just like what the reading (Styles 2009) guides us to think- ban sticky labels on fruit. People with different expertise can interact with Government 2.0 distinctively. So Govenement 2.0 is more like a collective knowledge ground, where people come together to think, discuss and decide. It is an efficient tool that government can use and benefit from the collective thinking as opposed to hierarchical decision. Just like what Charles Leadbeater (UsNow), the author of We-Think, said in the documentary film UsNow: hierarchy is very inefficient, they concentrate the information and power at the top, and they often deny people’s opportunities to take initiatives to share ideas and seek solutions themselves, rob people a sense of agency.
Another form of Government 2.0 has long been used by government and taken for granted, that is open source software. It is a public good provided by volunteers. The source code used to generate the programs is freely available. Political organisations around the world have been using this kind of source to improve governmental system. the notice here is that the the government fails to expand groups like these volunteers to the whole public as participants in the governmental workings.
Empowering the public and collecting the public intelligence as a way of modern-day governance will relieve the tension of ‘Sleepless in Canberra’ (The Drum Opinion) – politicians and governors are able to get a bit more sleep and longer life expectancy for a healthy, innovative and efficient governance in the long term.
Ellis, Bob (2010) ‘Sleepless in Canberra’ The ABC, Drum Unleashed <http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/35116.html>
Styles, Catherine (2009) ‘A Government 2.0 idea – first, make all the functions visible’ <http://catherinestyles.com/2009/06/28/a-government-2-0-idea/>
UsNow, Documentary on Youtube, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-M6SiLkBms&feature=watch-now-button&wide=1>.