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More Government 2.0
October 15, 2009, 1:43 pm
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As someone who once compared the internet to a democracy for business, it’s amusing to see the government actually getting in on user-generated content.

Like most other UGC campaigns, it is tempting to say that it’s being used as a replacement for coming up with something original it’s probably in the name of effectiveness and better stakeholder outcomes.

So I got an email from Connecting Up (an NGO) about the latest initiative [and it’s much better than their medical one]:

Encourage open government and perhaps win some cash for your nonprofit

Do you have an idea for using government information that you’d love to have but you can’t get now? Would you like to win $5,000 for your favorite nonprofit? Well, all you have to do is come up with a great idea for the nonprofit sector to use government information to make the world a better place. The contest details are below.
Who’s behind this? The Gov 2.0 Task Force, appointed by the Australian Government.
What’s Gov 2.0? It’s about governments being more open with information and using social media to communicate with the public, so they are more accountable.
So how does this contest work? The Taskforce will select the best idea(s) for using public sector information in a nonprofit/charity setting and award a cash donation of $5,000 to the charity/not-for-profit organisation of the winner’s choice.
What happens after that? The winner(s) (or their nominated not-for-profit organisation) will get help from Connecting Up Australia to scope their idea as a project proposal to the Taskforce.
What does that mean? It means that your idea may get funding from the Gov 2.0 Project Fund to be put into action.
How long have we got? You’ve got until Friday 30 October, so hurry. But don’t panic, you just need to generate the idea at this stage, but you’ll need to provide some broad details to allow the Task Force to make a decision.
What sort of government information are you talking about? Have a look at for some ideas of what’s already out there. But we’re really looking for great ideas about government information that the nonprofit sector could use to make a difference. We’ve also included a light-hearted example at  to kick-start your brain-storming but the only limit is your imagination.
What other smart ideas for Gov 2.0 have others thought of, just to get us started? Check some of these ideas out for a bit of inspiration . Some ideas from overseas include  and
OK, we have an idea – how do we enter? Go to the Idea Scale site, sign up, and then submit your idea. While you’re there, you can vote on other people’s ideas as well.
Don’t forget, the contest closes Friday 30 October, so get your skates on!
The Connecting Up Australia team


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