“Why invest so much energy in defining what is and isn’t open gov? Isn’t the doing more important than debating?”

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Jeffrey Levy

“Why invest so much energy in defining what is and isn’t open gov? Isn’t the doing more important than debating?”

-Jeffrey Levy, EPA (@levyj413) via Twitter

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Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh. He is also co-founder and CEO of ProudCity. Connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn or email at luke@govfresh.com.

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  1. My perception [I live in Italy] is that their is a unmotivated fear to “tell things”. Civil Servant that I meet, they don’t ask themselves if something can be open, but how to “close” information to the outside world, and preventing intrusion. It is a sort of safety&security obsession.
    When I ask “is it a top secret information?, what people could with this information?” They reply “I don’t want others can manipulate or misinterpret my information.”
    Conclusion: it is better not to give information.
    But what happens if the citizen is the content generator?
    I believe that the switch to an Open Culture can be enabled through initiatives with a bottom up approach. Small and effective initiatives, set up by citizens. As doing is more important than debating.
    Although it could be incredibly difficult, energy consuming… I am conviced this could be the best way to learn how to be OPen.

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