Things very multiball for me lately, so here’s just one further thought about the Open Government Brainstorm.
The brainstorm phase of the US consultation on open government closed on June 3. However, the folks managing the process decided to leave the site open to further contributions. But the site has now been overwhelmed with irrelevant and off-topic contributions — conspiracy theories about Obama’s birth certificate, pleas to legalize marijuana, and so on. Yet during the official brainstorming period, site contributors remained more or less focussed on the task at hand — ideas on how to make government more transparent, collaborative and participatory.
My take-away? When a consultation is over, it’s over. The site should have been closed to further contributions on June 3.