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FCW Forum: Does Web 2.0 make sense for government?

In Federal Computer Week's Aug. 20 editorial, Editor-in-Chief Chris Dorobek sings the praises of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for their groundbreaking ventures in Second Life, which, along with YouTube, is one of the most popular Web 2.0 applications.

The effect of social-networking technology cannot be denied. For many people now entering the workforce, Web 2.0 is as much a part of their lives as television was in preceding generations.

But that does not mean it's a good investment for government agencies. As Chris writes, "Clearly, Web 2.0 tools must be assessed to determine if they are worth the time, effort, energy and money that people invest in them. Agencies also have to assess how Web 2.0 ranks among their other priorities." (Click here to read the editorial.)

Do you see a role for Web 2.0 in government? Post a comment.

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Aug 24, 2007 at 12:12 PM


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