Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Status Update: 250 or So Random Experts on Government Transparency

Washington's upcoming "unconference" on using the Web to make government more accessible and accountable has found a venue at last. The free, two-day Government 2.0 Camp, scheduled for March 27-28, will be held near the Georgetown University campus at the.....

Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

As I mentioned here last month, hundreds of people have registered to attend the previously homeless gathering, and Tuesday afternoon's e-mail announcing the location said a waiting list for the event already has more than 200 people on it. The Governing 2.0 Camp wiki lists about three dozen sponsors -- this blog among them -- that collectively contributed more than $6,000 to help cover any expenses. The wiki also has the beginnings of an agenda that includes introductory sessions on social media tools and an impressive lineup of speakers and presenters, including the likes of John Hale, Web 2.0 guru for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

As a journalist, I'm not sure I'll have much constructive to contribute. Somebody already appears to have done my idea for a Facebook app that lets you send earmarks to your friends -- and that's probably not the kind of thing this good-government crowd has in mind anyway.

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