Thursday, February 11, 2010


My OpenGov submissions to OpenDOJ and OpenCalifornia:

Task Force for Estate/Family Law Reform

Many of our current family-oriented laws are outdated, and based on traditional models when marriages lasted a lifetime, long before the advent of single moms, second and third marriages, half-sisters and step-brothers, absent fathers, etc.

As such, our family and estate laws are no longer effective, and our Health and Human Services are not capable of keeping up with those who take advantage of the transitional time we find ourselves in as a nation.

I strongly recommend establishing a Task Force to look into Estate/Family Law reform, using models from more progressive countries such as Canada as a starting point (see blog on "undue influence" below):

Related Links:

Elder Financial Abuse:

Estate Fraud:

Side issues such as Elder Financial Abuse, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, etc. should be addressed collaboratively with the Dept. of Health and Human Services and other non-profit and State and Local Gov't partners.

The OpenCalifornia v2.0 Portal in a Nutshell:

The idea is that OpenCalifornia v2.0 would be modelled after iGoogle and myYahoo. So any existing State of California apps or tools could simply become gadgets or apps added to the OpenCalifornia v2.0 portal's suite or "app collection".

OpenCalifornia v2.0 would not supercede other State of Calif tools/applications, rather just gather them together into one portal that is based on standards (The Open Stack) that allows for interoperabilty with all opensocial partners: i.e., google, yahoo, ning, linkedin, myspace, etc.

Theoretically, if there were similar portals at other Agencies (Federal, State and Local) the gadgets could be easily shared between the next-gen portals.

My longer term vision is that eventually, once we work through the risks and better define the open portal model, anyone, even members of the general public, could become "citizen developers" and add any gadget or app they want to the collection. There are opensource orgs in place already that could serve as a clearing house for "citizen apps", (reviews, gold certification, ranking, rating, etc.). "Citizen developers" could be motivated by the simple fact that gov't portals are high traffic sites - their apps would get a chance to be seen and used by a wide segment of the general public.

Or, if citizens prefer using their own iGoogle/myYahoo dashboards, they could simply use OpenCalifornia v2.0 as a place to come to find a gadget that could help them to solve whatever unique problem they are trying to solve.

The "Government Community Cloud" would be the virtual cloud of next-gen portals that could share gadgets, login, profile and contact info with all gov't next-gen portals: any opensocial partner portal would be considered part of the "Government Community Social Cloud".

Note: Reform is the new Change: President Obama's Strategy

1 comment:

  1. Great post. "all gov't next-gen portals: any opensocial partner portal would be considered part of the "Government Community Social Cloud"" - I totally agree with you.