Collaborative democracygovernment with the peopleis a new vision of governance in the digital age. Wiki Government explains how to translate the vision into reality. Beth Simone Noveck draws on her experience in creating Peer-to-Patent, the federal government's first social networking initiative, to show how technology can connect the expertise of the many to the power of the few. In the process, she reveals what it takes to innovate in government.
Launched in 2007, Peer-to-Patent connects patent examiners to volunteer scientists and technologists via the web. These dedicated but overtaxed officials decide which of the million-plus patent applications currently in the pipeline to approve. Their decisions help determine which start-up pioneers a new industry and which disappears without a trace. Patent examiners have traditionally worked in secret, cut off from essential information and racing against the clock to rule on lengthy, technical claims. Peer-to-Patent broke this mold by creating online networks of self-selecting citizen experts and channeling their knowledge and enthusiasm into forms that patent examiners can easily use.
Peer-to-Patent shows how policymakers can improve decisionmaking by harnessing networks to public institutions. By encouraging, coordinating, and structuring citizen participation, technology can make government both more open and more effective at solving today's complex social and economic problems. Wiki Government describes how this model can be applied in a wide variety of settings and offers a fundamental rethinking of effective governance and democratic legitimacy for the twenty-first century.
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About the Author
Beth Simone Noveck is professor of law and director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School and a visiting professor at Stanford University. She advised the Obama-Biden campaign and transition project on innovation and government.
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Beth Noveck is a pioneer, now at The White House, in exploring ways to engage, and not just inform, the public through the latest social media and other technologies. Those of us who are elected officials, along with everyone else, are struggling to find methods of collaborative democracy that work. She doesn't have all the answers - those aren't available yet - but this is the best 'state of the art' examination of what's been done and what's possible. The review of the Peer to Patent program is important, but the book also contains many other suggestions. (There's a lot online about Peer to Patent, in which the public and government collaborated together; one post is at http://personaldemocracy.com/node/11084 My first take on her book is at http://electing2blog.blogspot.com/2009/08/before-asking-wheres-digital-democracy.html with more to come. There's a lot to think about in here, and even more to act on.
I'm afraid this book presents old material and nothing that's break-through or original. The original reviewer is correct that 'this book lacks is direction on how the newest technology could be used by those who work in government to change it from within' ... but even the idea of wiki government is an old idea that Noveck, being a law academic by background, missed several years of pre-existing thought on this in other schools of academia. It's not an original book and it lacks plans to actually implement the ideas it has.