The first News Challenge of 2013 will focus on Open Gov and is now open for its Inspiration Phase. To get folks thinking, we asked a handful of people to share their hopes for open government. Below Tim O'Reilly, the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc. offers his thoughts.
Edwin Schlossberg once said, "The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think." All great movements are wrapped up in big ideas framed in such a way that many people think them at once, and act in concert based on them.
But memes can also mislead. I sometimes wonder if "Open Government" is such a meme. It suggests that the beginning and end of what we need to do is simply to increase the transparency of government and its engagement with citizens, and all will be well. While these are laudable goals, they are far from sufficient to bring government into the 21st century. That's why I've always preferred to frame my government activism around the notion of "Government as a Platform."