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LECTURE CANCELLED: Please be aware that the Beth Noveck and Brian Fitzgerald lecture has been cancelled.

ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi) and
the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law invite you to

Government 2.0 – Theory
and Practice

Professor Beth Noveck, NYLS and
Professor Brian Fitzgerald, QUT/CCi

Monday 25 July, 1.00 – 2.30 PM
Ground floor, 80A George Street, Brisbane
Free admission, RSVP by 22 July 2011
Register online or using the form below

LECTURE CANCELLED: Please be aware that the Beth Noveck and Brian Fitzgerald lecture has been cancelled.

The potential for web based technologies to reshape the role and practice of government is a question of great interest worldwide. In Australia inquiries into Government 2.0 have sought to understand and propose how the “functionality” of Web 2.0 might be used by government in their everyday affairs of making decisions, servicing the community and developing policy.  In the USA, as has happened in many other countries, the Obama Administration has set in place strategies to investigate and implement the possibilities of this new landscape of blogs, wikis, social networks and mass collaboration.

Professor Noveck has been at the forefront of this work in the USA and internationally. Her book Wiki Government provides conceptual depth to the ideas while her leading role in the Peer to Patent Project and most recently The Open Government Initiative (within the US government) have established her as an expert practitioner in the area. Professor Fitzgerald, a member of the Federal Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce in 2009, and his research team at QUT have lead international thinking on new models for licensing of public sector information since their discovery in 2004 that Creative Commons licences could be applied to public sector information. His two volume edited collection on Access to Public Sector Information: Law Technology and Policy is a key resource in this area.

In this talk Professors Noveck and Fitzgerald will speak about their involvement in Government 2.0 initiatives in the USA and Australia over the last two years reflecting on what this means for the operation of government and more broadly the general public. They will consider both at a conceptual and practical level arguments for “collaborative government” as a strategy for creating a more effective and democratic system.


LECTURE CANCELLED: Please be aware that the Beth Noveck and Brian Fitzgerald lecture has been cancelled.

About the speakers

Professor Beth Noveck

Beth Simone Noveck is on leave as a professor of law at New York Law School. Currently an advisor to the British government, she previously served in the White House as the nation’s first Deputy Chief Technology Officer (2009-2011) and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded Professor Noveck a grant to develop a research agenda to gauge the impact of networks on democratic institutions. In 2010, Professor Noveck was named “One of the Hundred Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine and “One of the Top 5 Game Changers” by Politico.

She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), which will appear this year in Arabic and Chinese. She blogs at and tweets at @bethnoveck.

Professor Brian Fitzgerald

Professor Brian Fitzgerald BA (Griff) LLB (Hons) (QUT)  BCL (Oxon.) LLM (Harv.) PhD (Griff) studied law at the Queensland University of Technology graduating as University Medallist in Law and holds postgraduate degrees in law from Oxford University and Harvard University. He is well known in the areas of Intellectual Property and Internet Law and has worked closely with Australian governments on facilitating access to public sector information.

From 1998-2002 he was Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia and from January 2002 – January 2007 was appointed as Head of the School of Law at QUT in Brisbane, Australia.

Brian is currently a specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. In 2009 Brian was appointed to the Australia Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and to the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP).

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