From cats to firearms: Connecting through Instagram
This month, the United States government approved Instagram as a social media tool that federal departments can use to connect with citizens. It joins an ever-growing list that includes Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and, as of January 2013, Pinterest.
Value for Many: Good governance and development
The Lough Erne Accountability Report states that the G8 has played a constructive role in promoting better governance in the developing world. It cites the G8’s 70 percent funding of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism to promote democratic processes, citizen rights, and the rule of law.
Federal government pushes more paper to the web
The federal government has announced that, as of July 2013, all departments will be required to publish their documents in an electronic format on their websites. This new policy will make documents more accessible to the public, reduce paper waste, and save the government a significant...
A strategy that bridges ICT drivers and opportunities
Sometimes it seems that governments are mesmerized – like deer in the headlights – by the challenges new technologies present. There are so many dimensions to the issues they raise: the speed of change, social media and its impact, expectations of citizens that arise from its use, open data, the mobile universe and so on.
More women needed in leadership positions
Last week, Hillary Clinton gave an address to leaders at the second annual gathering of the Women in Public Service Project at Bryn Mawr College. In her speech, the former Secretary of State encouraged them to "step up" into positions of leadership...
We don’t make widgets anymore
When printing press technology was diffused through Europe, adult literature preceded academic journals by a full century. Observers could easily dismiss the invention, point to the trivial, and begin the centuries-long tradition of lamenting the decline of letter-writing.