This is a bit belated, as it was released in 22 December – but I thought people
would be interested in the final report of the Government 2.0 Taskforce
established in June to advise the Australian government on "increasing the
openness of government through making public sector information more widely
available to promote transparency, innovation and value adding to government
information" and "encouraging online engagement with the aim of drawing in the
information, knowledge, perspectives, resources and even, where possible, the
active collaboration of anyone wishing to contribute to public life."
Key findings of the report - Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 - include:
· “Government 2.0 or the use of the new collaborative tools and
approaches of Web 2.0 offers an unprecedented opportunity to achieve more open,
accountable, responsive and efficient government.
· Though it involves new technology, Government 2.0 is really about a
new approach to organising and governing. It will draw people into a closer and
more collaborative relationship with their government. Australia has an
opportunity to resume its leadership in seizing these opportunities and
capturing the resulting social and economic benefits.
· Leadership, and policy and governance changes are needed to shift
public sector culture and practice to make government information more
accessible and usable, make government more consultative, participatory and
transparent, build a culture of online innovation within Government, and to
promote collaboration across agencies.
· Information collected by or for the public sector — is a national
resource which should be managed for public purposes. That means that we should
reverse the current presumption that it is secret unless there are good reasons
for release and presume instead that it should be freely available for anyone
to use and transform unless there are compelling privacy, confidentially or
Most importantly from our point of view – the report (which is under a BY
licence) wholeheartedly endorses Creative Commons Attribution as the default
licence for government material.
Also of interest is the Appendix “Troubleshooting concerns about Creative
Commons licensing” which contains an excellent summary of, and responses to,
common concerns raised about using Creative Commons in a government (and
non-government) licensing context.
Hopefully this well researched and written report will lead to more wholesale
adoption of open government principles and Creative Commons in Australia and
Creative Commons Clinic
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