If you are in any way involved in policy making and/or lobbying in Europe, I recommend you listen to a recent interview with Tim O'Reilly
on IT Conversations
talking with America's deputy chief technology officer for open government Beth Noveck
who leads President Obama's Open Government Initiative.
You'll hear how Obama's administration is now committed to open and transparent policy making. What does this mean exactly? Well, for example to develop policy for their healthcare reforms, they don't only want representatives (a.k.a associations) speaking on behalf of healthcare professionals, they want the healthcare professionals to come forward and engage online to shape healthcare policy, as Noveck says, they are the experts and they live the policy.
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