ANZSOG 2013 - Workshops and Government as a Social Machine Research

From 2010 to 2014 Intersticia worked with the Australian and New Zealand School of Government to deliver a series of workshops to senior Australian Government managers and leaders.

As a complement to this we worked with the Web Science Institute to undertake a research project entitled “Government as a Social Machine Ecosystem"

To find out more about these workshops and the Research Project see the links below:

Government as a Social Machine Report 1

Government as a social machine in an ecosystem

Government as a Social Machine in Action Report 2

Government as a Social Machine

Government within a Social Machine Ecosystem

Government as a Social Machine Overview

ANZSOG Master Classes 2012

ANZSOG Workshops 2012

Report 1

This project seeks to explain how governments around the world are using the web, and more specifically ‘Web 2.0’, as a market-based policy instrument. Web 2.0 technologies enable read/write interactions between and among users. The belief is that by engaging with citizens via these mechanisms, government agencies can more fully understand stakeholder needs; increase productivity; and reduce waste by more effectively and efficiently delivering targeted government services. This project explores the concept of 21st century government as a ‘social machine’ in its own right, with a focus on analysing the links between the rapid development of information and communications technologies and the accompanying organisational changes. There is evidence of a transition in thinking that acknowledges the disruptive and dynamic context within which government operates, whilst simultaneously recognising the challenges that governments of all kinds face as they attempt to use and exploit digital technologies.

This is Report 1 from the ANZSOG-funded project Government as a social machine.

Suggested citation

Vitale, M., Rowland-Campbell, A., Cardo, V. and Thompson, P. (2013) The implications of government as a ‘social machine’ for making and implementing market-based policy, ANZSOG research report. Melbourne: ANZSOG.

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Report 2

Report 2 examines seven social machines against the three objectives that are driving governments to embrace digital information systems: transparency, efficiency and effectiveness.

Suggested citation

Rowland-Campbell, A., Vitale, M., Cardo, V. and Thompson, P. (2013) The machines, Government as a social machine Report 2. Melbourne: ANZSOG.

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Published Date: 25 September 2013

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