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American policy making is now open and online

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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Comment by Helen Dunnett on February 1, 2010 at 9:35
Thanks Phil, Matthew Lowry also left a comment on my blog http://hdunnett.wordpress.com, which is worth reading. Phil, could you comment on groups developing policy online in Brussels... I mentioned it further down in my blog and I felt it was really your call to give details. Helen
Comment by Philip Weiss on February 1, 2010 at 8:11
Very interesting interview. I agree with Helen that this should be compulsory listening for the lobbyists and officials in Brussels. Maybe a good starting point for the next Web2EU event.

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