It's that time of the year, the holidays are coming closer and I decided to take some time to take a look at what others are predicting for 2010 in eDemocracy and eGovernment.
One article that caught my attention is Dion Hinchcliffe's The Government 2.0 Forecast For 2010: 7 Predictions in the Social Computing Journal. His key points include:
- Social computing will continue to grow in government, but won't hit critical mass in 2010
- Self-service integration and app creation makes deeper inroads
- Open data goes back to the drawing board
- Cloud computing will go big
- Government 2.0 apps expand the boundaries of transparency and citizen involvement
- Government portals (rightly) continue to incorporate social media, but deep engagement will be elusive for now
- Collaborative video, geo-enablement, mobile, and crowdsourcing will get initial lift but remain niches
It's a pretty comprehensive set that thoroughly analyzes many of the exciting things that have been discussed under the Government2.0 umbrella this year, while preserving a realistic viewpoint.
He notes: "innovations point the way towards a future that includes participatory citizenship and the Web as a civic platform as well as open data (both internally and externally to agencies and state/local governments) and social computing. And that's just the beginning."
2010 should be an exciting year!