Society, Government and the Internet: The impact of the social web
I'd like to open up the chance for readers of this blog to put their own views across on how social media could be/should be/is impacting on Government and society, and what Government and society have to prioritise in their actions and attitudes if we're to seize the opportunities social media might offer.
Tomorrow I'm in London's Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce speaking at a short, exciting event on how Government and society are evolving thanks to (or because of) the way the social web impacts on our lives.
The keynote is from the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequor, George Osborne, one of the few senior politicians to really get what the social web is about. I'll be one of four instigators who afterwards will develop the theme of citizen participation in the social web and Governments' responses.
Over the course of a decade, a billion of us have come together to create a global platform that connects us all, enables us to send a memo to the whole world and access our accumulated knowledge in two clicks of a mouse.
The other speakers and instigators are Mick Fealty, creator of the award-winning blog Slugger O'Toole; Brian Appleyard, author and journalist; Anthony Lilley, MD, Magic Lantern; Tom Loosemoore, BBC New Media; Mark O'Neill, CIO, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and Adriana Cronin-Lukas, partner, The Big Blog Company. It's chaired by Peter Kellner, chairman of YouGov.
It's a great panel and the audience will be equally varied and interested in making a difference, so your views are greatly welcomed. Please also let me know what country you're writing from, as that might provide a better context for your views. I'll funnel them through to see what these policy-makers, politicians, civil servants and advocacy groups make of them.