Prof Beth Noveck and Prof Brian Fitzgerald talk Gov 2.0

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

For those Creative Commoners in Australia interested in Government 2.0, ccAustralia is very excited to announce that we are co-hosting with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi) and the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law two lectures by Gov 2.0 heavyweights: Professor Beth Noveck, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the US Government and and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative, and ccAustralia’s Project Lead Professor Brian Fitzgerald, specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT and appointee to the Australia Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

The two speakers have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Government use of Web 2.0. Professors Noveck and Fitzgerald will talk through 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.

Creative Commons and Government in Australia

The use of Creative Commons licences by government in Australia is really heating up! From the Australian Bureau of Statistics releasing all census data under CC Attribution licences, to the Government 2.0 Taskforce recommending that public sector information be licensed under the CC Attribution licence as default, to the Australian Government releasing the entire 2010-11 Budget under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, more and more government agencies are using CC licences to distribute their copyright materials

This webpage tracks these developments and provides information about the use of Creative Commons licences by government agencies at all levels – local, State/Territory and Federal – in Australia.

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Follow CC in Government AU on Twitter at: [@govCCAu]( or search for the hashtag [#govCCAu]( for updates

Government 2.0 Taskforce gives CC a very big tick

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This is a bit belated, as it was released in 22 December – but we thought people would like to hear about the final report of the Government 2.0 Taskforce and its fabulous CC recommendations.

Headed by well know economist Dr Nick Gruen and including representation from the public, private and academic sectors, the Taskforce was launched in June by the Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner, to advise the Australian government on “increasing the openness of government through making public sector information more widely available to promote transparency, innovation and value adding to government information” and “encouraging online engagement with the aim of drawing in the information, knowledge, perspectives, resources and even, where possible, the active collaboration of anyone wishing to contribute to public life.”

Over the last few months it’s been everywhere – running competitions, public forums, seemingly endless blog posts.

Now the Taskforce has released its final report – Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 – and pretty impressive it is too, with an excellent summary of the current state of play for Australian government online – the goods and the bads.

Key findings of the report, which is published by the Finance Department, include:

  • Public agencies and public servants should engage more using the tools and capabilities of ‘collaborative web’ or Web 2.0. Forming or join existing online communities of interest around issues of relevance to government policy, service delivery and regulation will help public agencies and their officers become more informed, responsive, innovative and citizen-centric.
  • Once public sector information is liberated as a key national asset, possibilities — foreseeable and otherwise — are unlocked through the invention, creativity and hard work of citizens, business and community organisations. Open public sector information is thus an invitation to the public to engage, innovate and create new public value.
  • To seize the opportunities of Government 2.0, the existing public service culture of hierarchical control and direction must change sufficiently to encourage and reward engagement. Yet it must at the same time, stay true to enduring public service values of impartiality, propriety and professionalism.

Most importantly from our point of view – the report (which is under a CC BY licence) wholeheartedly endorses Creative Commons Attribution as the default licence for government material. In fact, it contains a page and a half long recommendation (no. 6) which spells out exactly how open content licensing can, and should, be made central to Crown copyright policy.