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How government social media misses the point; Tech's silver-screen cameos

How Government Social Media Misses the Point
Source: GovFresh

More people are interested in getting their hands on government data than receiving agency status updates or Twitter feeds.

That’s the opinion, anyway, of David Osborne, co-author of the New York Times best-seller “Reinventing Government” who was a senior adviser to Vice President Al Gore on the National Performance Review back in the day.

“Most people who use social media don’t relate to government at all,” Osborne told Gov Fresh’s Luke Fretwell. “They aren’t activists; they don’t think about government; they can’t imagine really doing what is necessary to change things.”

But they do care whether the government is doing its job, he said. They would like to see data that shows which programs are working and which aren’t. But don’t hold your breath.

“I’ve found very few elected officials over the past 20 years who are eager to give their citizens good data about the results their taxpayer dollars are producing,” Osborne said.

Tech’s Silver-Screen Cameos
Source: PC World

You probably won’t find many software programmers who are also members of the Writers Guild of America, but that doesn’t mean their handiwork doesn’t occasionally grace the silver screen.

When the makers of Hollywood sci-fi or action flicks need a visual of a computer screen looking all technical and arcane, they have often lifted code — presumably with permission — from a Web site, app or start-up screen from the real world at the time the movie was produced.

A slide show by PC World’s Patrick Miller takes us through some great computer cameos during the past 25 years of movie magic. There is the Apple II assembly code that makes a brief appearance in 1984’s “The Terminator.” Microsoft gets its props when MS-DOS is the tech wizardry that helps bring a policeman back to life in 1987’s “RoboCop.”

And in a moment worthy of VH1 “Where Are They Now?” treatment, IBM’s ill-fated OS/2 Warp desktop operating system gets some on-screen time in 1995’s James Bond flick “GoldenEye.” Check it out. And don’t forget the popcorn.

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