Press Advisory

ADVISORY: Web 2.0 and the Federal Government

Monday, June 1, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

WASHINGTON, DC—The Obama campaign—and now the Obama administration—blazed new trail in the use of Web 2.0 technology, featuring videos, social networking tools, and new forms of participatory and interactive technology. This event will feature government, technology, and new media leaders in addressing the special challenges and opportunities of doing Web 2.0 in the federal government. Please join this exciting discussion moderated by American Progress Senior Fellow Peter Swire, who also served as counsel to the New Media team for and the revision of This event will also feature the release of three reports by Peter Swire:

  • It’s Not the Campaign Any More: How the White House is Using Web 2.0 Technology So Far.
  • New Media Challenges: Legal and Policy Considerations for Federal Use of Web 2.0 Technology.
  • How to Buy Free Software: Procuring Web 2.0 Technology for the Federal Government.

If you cannot attend in person, participate online. Bookmark this page to watch the live webcast.

To submit questions, you can either email them to [email protected] or submit them via Twitter. On Twitter, include “#gov20” at the end of your post so we can see your questions.

If you want to follow the conversation on Twitter, you can watch it here. We will be posting our comments to this conversation using @AmProg and @CAPAction.


Andrew Sherry, Senior Vice President for Online Communications

Featured Discussants:

Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc.

Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, charged with blending new information technologies with diplomacy.

Faiz Shakir, Research Director for The Progress Report and at Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Discussion Moderated by:

Peter Swire, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and the C. William O’Neill Professor of Law at the Ohio State University.

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

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Streaming Video

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