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At Gov 2.0 Conference, Web 2.0 Comes to Washington

The federal government should think more like Apple, Google and Microsoft. That's the message high-tech business leaders, engineers and government leaders will be preaching over the next few days at the Gov 2.0 conference in Washington.

Underpinning the discussions at this year's event is the catch phrase "government as a platform." Participants will talk about ways for the Obama administration to use the Web as a launching point for more government functions. Among the technologies to be discussed are social media applications, online services and user-generated content, according to conference organizer Tim O'Reilly. Examples of successful commercial platforms include Apple's iPhone, which has spawned a sub-economy of applications creators, and Microsoft's Windows operating system, which runs most personal computers.

The conference seeks to explore ways to improve how the government uses technology. Many federal agencies still don't have compatible technologies, and official Web sites are often difficult to navigate. For companies that provide technology to the federal government, there's a lot of money at stake in any decisions eventually made by the administration on tech strategy.

Attendees can expect lots of talk about cloud computing - using multiple server farms to process information - for storing the massive amounts of data handled by federal agencies. There also will be lots of discussion on transparency in the government's growing digital platform. And, of course, there will be a lot said about government agencies making better use of social networking tools modeled after Facebook and Twitter.

Speakers include Obama's CTO, Aneesh Chopra, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Google Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf, and Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie. (The Washington Post is one of the media sponsors of the event.)

By Cecilia Kang  |  September 9, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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I wanted to present at this event, but due to a very long attendance pre-approval process, I missed the deadline for application of my project. I could not reach anybody to try to relieve myself of the delay, but there was no one that knew anything and phone calls were not returned. Hope the event is successful, but some important activities went missing.

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