I just had an excellent meeting with Don Easter, the newly appointed supplier advocate for the ICT industry. Having had the privilege of announcing the Rudd Labor Government would be making the appointment when I was a CeBIT in Hannover earlier this year, it was wonderful to meet the person tasked with this critical role. [...]
“Democratic governance rests on the capacity of and opportunity for citizens to engage in enlightened debate”
A “Public Sphere” is a space that “…through the vehicle of public opinion it puts the state in touch with the needs of society” . This kind of engagement in public policy is a great way to represent different views and harness a broad range of expertise, particularly on topical issues of the day.
Although there are certainly many formal mechanisms for participation in Australian Government processes, we thought it would be a great idea to create an online public sphere and facilitate regular topics of interest to both the general public and to the government. This way people from all around Australia can participate online. We will be experimenting with different technologies to get the recipe right for this kind of engagement, and any thoughts on this are very welcome.
Each Public Sphere topic will run for several weeks. There will also be a Public Sphere workshop per topic which will give a physical place for people to speak about their ideas in short concise talks coupled with rigourous discussion. All talks are streamed online for general public access. Feedback and questions will happen live over Twitter both from the participants in the room and from remote participants.
How to participate in a Public Sphere:
- Post comments, links to papers, case studies and ideas to the relevant Public Sphere blog post comments – comments will be summarised and presented at the event as part of the proceedings
- Blog with the tag publicsphere or Public Sphere and Twitter with #publicsphere so we can find your ideas and post them to the appropriate Public Sphere
- Run your own events and post your outcomes in the relevant Public Sphere comments
- Join the relevant Public Sphere workshop event, which will be streamed online so you can participate remotely
- Volunteer to give a short talk at the topic workshop of choice by adding your name and topic to the comments at the bottom of the Public Sphere post
 Hauser, Gerard (June 1998), p 83. “Vernacular Dialogue and the Rhetoricality of Public Opinion”. Communication Monographs 65 (2): 83–107 Page. 86. ISSN 0363-7751.
 Habermas, Jürgen (German(1962 – English Translation 1989), p 31. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Cambridge Massachusetts: The MIT Press. p. 30. ISBN 0-262-58108-6.
Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy presented the finalised briefing paper from her third Public Sphere on Australian ICT and Creative Industries Development to the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr today to put to the Information Technology Industry Innovation Council. Public Sphere Briefing paper #3 – Australian ICT [...]
Public Sphere 3: ICT & Creative Industry Development is now finally closed for further edits. The recommendations are all in an online endorsement system called IdeaScale and we’d like to strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to endorse recommendations you care about. This process is a basic quality assurance of the ideas as [...]
Please find the ranking of the recommendations arising from the Public Sphere 2: Gov 2.0 topic. This was presented to the Taskforce and the Briefing Paper handover and Q&A session last month. The original recommendations were derived from the Public Sphere process, and honed in the Public Sphere 2 wiki. Please click through for a [...]
This short video wraps up some of the outcomes and ideas of “Public Sphere 2: Gov 2.0” along with thanks by Senator Lundy to all those who contributed. We had some technical issues with this vodcast wchich resulted in us having to capture the video via a screencast, so our apologies for the low video [...]
Update 2: all video content from the day is now online. Update: all the Public Sphere 3 data was also put into an interactive analysis tool by Palantir, which would be useful for people to look at. The Public Sphere on ICT & Creative Industry development last Friday drew together people from all over the [...]
Update: the event streaming and main online discussion will be at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gov-2-taskforce-q-a This event is for the handover of the finalised briefing paper and the recommendation voting results from the Government 2.0 Public Sphere held by Senator Kate Lundy July 22nd 2009. http://www.katelundy.com.au/2009/07/29/briefing-paper-and-recommendation-endorsements-from-public-sphere-2-government-2-0/ The entire Australian Gov 2.0 Taskforce will be available for a Q&A [...]
The Government 2.0 Public Sphere briefing paper was finalised on the wiki a week ago, and now we have launched the prettified pdf version, complete with graphs, photos from the day, and a useful mind map! The briefing paper has been sent to the Australian Gov 2.0 Taskforce, and in the coming weeks we’ll coordinate [...]
Update: See all videos below and linked in the schedule below. Update: The briefing paper for this Public Sphere topic is available for public editing from the 10th September till the 7th October 2009. Update: The draft schedule is below and all information for the day (including a link for the video, but also the [...]
I am happy to report that yesterdays Public Sphere event on Government 2.0 was a great success! We had over 170 attend throughout the day, 300 people contribute on Twitter during the day (with over 2500 Tweets!), over 400 watching the live video streaming and already over 100 comments on the main page. We had [...]