Jun 01 2008
The Canadian is finally embracing Web 2.0 tools with gusto, announcing the coming development of social networks, blogs and wikis to help bring 250,000 federal employees in 58 government departments into the next phase of the Information Age (ITbusiness.ca). The move bodes well for showing off the growing link between a democratic political system and an open source Internet.
Traditionally, governments of any political stripe, even in countries with well-established principles of free speech, have strived to control the discussion whenever possible. Web 2.0 makes that control more difficult to consolidate. Clearly, it’s a better long-term move for democratic governments like Canada’s to try to use tools like blogs and wikis rather than trying to control the beast that is Web 2.0.
For those Canadians concerned about poor communication skills from our current government in Ottawa, this news is definitely good news.
Read more about the link between Web 2.0 and democracy in my latest article on Techvibes, Canada’s Crazy Big Web 2.0 Project Starts Now.