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Daily Digest | A 'Pretty Exciting' 'Canned 'Experiment' of 'Amazing' 'OKness'

BY Editors | Friday, March 27 2009

  • Playing Along with Gov 2.0 Camp If the RSVPs are to be believed, right now about 500 people or 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. 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." Want to participate, even if you can't make it? Read more.
  • The Weed Question: An Online Hijacking? Or Democracy in Action? When the highly ranked question about legalizing marijuana was brought up at yesterday's Open for Questions even at the White House, President Obama got in a dig at those crazy kids on the Internet: "I don't know what that says about the online audience." That online audience is now abuzz with discussion over the incident. Did Obama behave badly? Nancy has arguments for and against the answering the question. Read more.
  • Obama's Internet Q&A: A "Pretty Exciting" "Canned" "Experiment" of "Amazing" "OKness" A day after President Barack Obama's Internet-powered town hall event and the reviews are in! And the verdict is...well...something happened yesterday. And it was a something that was happening for the first time. Beyond that, well, hmmm. Nancy has a recap of yesterday's online town hall and how in the future we might create something even more compelling. Read more.
  • Engineering a better virtual town hall Gene Koo has five ideas Obama's new media team should focus on to to hit the core values and purposes of town halls and citizen participation. Read more.