Shows & Panels
- The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security
- AFCEA Answers
- Ask the CIO
- Building the Hybrid Cloud
- Connected Government: How to Build and Procure Network Services for the Future
- Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation: Discussion of Progress and Next Steps
- Federal Executive Forum
- Federal Tech Talk
- The Future of Government Data Centers
- The Future of IT: How CIOs Can Enable the Service-Oriented Enterprise
- The Intersection: Where Technology Meets Transformation
- Maximizing ROI Through Data Center Consolidation
- Modern Mission Critical Series
- Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me
- Navigating Tough Choices in Government Cloud Computing
- The New Generation of Database
- Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times
- Targeting Advanced Threats: Proven Methods from Detection through Remediation
- Transformative Technology: Desktop Virtualization in Government
- The Truth About IT Opex and Software Defined Networking
- Value of Health IT
- Air Traffic Management Transformation Report
- Cloud First Report
- General Dynamics IT Enterprise Center
- Gov Cloud Minute
- Government in Technology Series
- Homeland Security Cybersecurity Market Report
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
- Technology Insights
- The Cyber Security Report
- The Next Generation Cyber Security Experts
Shows & Panels
Transparency: new but is it improved?
Tuesday - 5/19/2009, 11:33am EDT
Senior Internet Editor
The idea of an open and transparent government has been a core principle of the Obama Administration, but there is a downside to openness and the use of social media tools.
Thom Rubel, practice director for Government Insights at IDC, tells FederalNewsRadio the first challenge is "getting the right information ready and available to people so that it's actually useful."
Rubel says compounding the problem is a sense of urgency underlying the efforts. "There's been this rush to the openness and a rush to get the information in the hands of the people who can use it... and making the information useful is no small deal."
The second challenge, Rubel tells the Federal Drive, is keeping the balls in the air and the eyes on the prize. "All of the government agencies and organizations that need to feed into this are really going to be challenged to get programs out, get the money out, do all the work they've got in front of them and be paying attention to this at the same time."
While all this is going on, Rubel says that the public's expectations about what's possible have been raised because of social media, but "you can only just sort of feed your opinions into something for so long and if you don't see change, you begin to become a little disgruntled and I don't think that's the intent here at all."
There's so much money involved here that there's a very high expectation on the part of the public that there will be results, and the administration has basically committed itself to that. So I think translating all of that information into results and showing where the results are occuring is critical to the success of any of this. And I do believe that the public is going to hold the administration responsible for that kind of information.
On a positive note, Rubel points out "the information's always been there, now it's going to be there en masse, so to speak. The problem will be sorting through it, sifting it, making sense out of it in any way that makes it any more useful than it was before."
On the Web:
Government Insights - government-insights.com
(Copyright 2009 by FederalNewsRadio.com. All Rights Reserved.)