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Pogue on Web 2.0

I mentioned earlier that NYT tech columnist David Pogue was one of the most popular speakers at FCW's Government CIO Summit, if for no other reason he gave us a whole slew of cool technologies to check out.

His column today is about the summit's agenda -- Web 2.0. His general take: We ain't seen nothin' yet.

The bottom line is that Web 2.0 is still in its infancy. There are so many other ways that we could save time, money, hassle — if only we had the right information from other people like us.

Get started, entrepreneurs. You're living in an exciting time.


A few other tidbits in the post.

One was that Pogue shared a cab ride in Florida with John Suffolk, Cabinet Office CIO for the United Kingdom, who was one of four CIOs from around the world who attended and spoke at the Summit.

Only yesterday, I shared a cab with a man who serves as an information officer in Britain. He told me about a popular petition site there, a centralized, government-run place where people start and maintain petitions. Some of the issues under discussion are minor (repair a pothole) and others are huge (go to war), but anyone can weigh in.

The results are nonbinding and unmoderated — there's nothing to stop somebody from voting more than once under assumed names, for example. But it gets the lawmakers' attention, it brings issues to the public and it serves as a barometer of public opinion.


The petition site is quite cool. Check it out at petitions.pm.gov.uk/. (And, an aside, Steve Kelman was just in Number 10 Downing Street. Read his blog post about it.) You can also read what the international CIOs said here.

The other Pogue item was this one:

It seems to me, though, that we haven't even scratched the surface. We've picked the low-hanging fruit, but there are dozens or hundreds of huge Web 2.0 ideas that have yet to materialize.

I was thinking about this — a LOT — as I lay in bed last week, sicker than I'd been in years. I hadn't eaten for two days, and I was nervous about being well enough to travel to a speaking engagement the next day. (Is it just my imagination, or are the bugs getting a lot nastier these days?)


He sure didn't seem sick.

We're glad he made it. He is informative and very entertaining. If you have a chance to see him speak, it is well worth it.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on May 10, 2007 at 12:16 PM


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