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Playing Along with Gov 2.0 Camp

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 27 2009

If the RSVPs are to be believed, right now about 500 people our so are gathered at Washington DC's Duke Ellington School of the Arts for Government Camp 2.0 -- part of what seems to be the exploding field of applying web 2.0 thinking to the nuts and bolts of American government. We're in the early days of the marriage. The agenda-free "unconference" format, for example, is old hat in the tech world but rather new in government circles; reads the wiki: "There is no 'right' way of doing this. We're all figuring this out as we create it together." The event is actually the first major flag planting of the "Government 2.0 Club," which you can read all about here. In short, the idea is to "bring together leading thinkers from government, academia and industry to share ideas and solutions for leveraging social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more collaborate, efficient and effective government." If you're not in DC for the gathering, perhaps the best way to play along is to dive into the rapidly-flowing Twitter stream. A warning, though: you'll be asked to decipher such tweets as, "SUPER discussions about A-space & open source dev model changes vis a vis #forge.mil." Exactly.