Government 2010 - how Web 2.0 is changing the State

Government 2010 will be streamed online (free of charge) on 22 October. It’ll focus on how Web 2.0 technologies –  such as social media, cloud computing and open source technologies – are changing the process of ‘doing government’. 

I plan to chair a panel on internet and social inclusion. It’ll include Fraser Davidson, Vice President of Local Government, Education and Health for IBM UK and Ireland. ComputerWeekly.com is a media partner.

Speakers include Bill McCluggage who joined the Cabinet Office as Deputy Government CIO this month (September 2009).


The day’s events will be kicked off by Peter Kellner who is head of the online polling company YouGov.  He will talk about the changes that are happening as social media replaces traditional media.

Tom Steinberg, the founder of  of mySocietywill make a keynote speech. His not-for-profit, open sourceorganisation runs many of the best-known democracy websites in the UK.including TheyWorkForYou and FixMyStreet.

ThemySociety sites proved useful for journalists during the MPexpenses scandal, showing how often MPs with dodgy claims turned up fordebates or asked parliamentary questions.  The websites are built usingon open data provided by government.

A session focused on Internet regulation will be chaired by Dominique Lazanski – who argues that governments should keep their snouts out of the Web trough.  

Sessions include:

– eConsultation,  which will include Tom Watson MP, a former minister and champion of the digital community

– Data Mashups, chaired by 4ip’s Ewan McIntosh

– Government Contact Centres, chaired by Jeff Peel of Quadriga Consulting

– Social Media, chaired by political blogger Iain Dale.

Speakers include:

William Heath – Founder of Kable who will be discussing identity management

–  Adam Afriyie, Shadow Innovation Minister.

Furtherinformation about Government 2010 is at http://g2010.co.uk. The eventis free to view online from 9am to 5pm on 22 October thoughpre-registration is required.

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