What can government learn from Google and the Web 2.0 explosion? Wikipedia, Amazon, Linux - the code behind every Google server - all derive their value from its users and their participation. How can government learn to harness this collective brain-power to solve our biggest challenges? Is ‘direct democracy’ no longer a dusty thousand year-old Greek ideal? TechGuru Tim O’Reilly discusses Gov 2.0.
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Tim O’Reilly says he wants to change the world by spreading new ideas about technology. He’s evangelized for open-source innovations and transparency. And he’s widely credited with coining the term "Web 2.0." Now he’s training his energy on transforming the way we interact with government. He joins Kojo for a Tech Tuesday conversation about the promises of "government 2.0."
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Government corruption affects all aspects of society. At the 2008 O’Reilly ETech Conference, Lawrence Lessig discusses government corruption, especially in the United States Congress. What does government get right, wrong, and where does dependence compromise effective government? Also, Lessig announces a new project designed to signal congress’ support for reform, called Change Congress.
The United States Government, like those all over the world, has hard cases and easy cases to deal with. Lessig aims his criticism at those easy cases that the US government consistently gets wrong: copyright, nutrition, global warming. Lessig examines why there is trouble getting elected representatives to see reason and make correct choices on easy public policy questions.
US congress bares the brunt of much of Lessig’s criticism, and in order to foster change in the congressional institution, Lessig unveils a new project called Change Congress. Where congress is an in-crowd focussed obsessively at keeping things as they are, Change Congress makes reform of congress something congressional candidates can commit to in order to encourage change.