October 2, 2009

Wiki Government

Noveck argues that connecting government with people using technology enables connecting the expertise of the many to the power of the few. She describes Peer-to-Patent, the government's first social networking initiative. Launched in 2007, Peer-to-Patent connects patent examiners to volunteer scientists and technology experts through the web. These citizens help to channel knowledge and enthusiasm for new ideas that helps patent examiners focus their time on approving the patents that experts believe will have the most promise in the market. Noveck shows how this model can be applied to other government settings, and asks readers to rethink the notions of effective governance and democracy in the 21st century.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful
Beth Simone Noveck
JK 1764 .N68 2009