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 
security considerations.”
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 

Jessica Coates
Project Manager
Creative Commons Clinic
Queensland University of Technology

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