Can government innovation rise above partisan politics?

Earlier today, the White House announced the first class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. Following is the story you might have missed on the Twitter backchannel, followed by a NodeX graph of the tweets around #InnovateGov.

In the network graph below, you’ll see there are 3 discreet groups around the White House, Tim O’Reilly and me, and Michelle Malkin. The lines between the nodes show replies.

About Alex Howard

Alexander B. Howard is a DC-based a technology writer and editor. Previously, he was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where he covered the voices, technologies and issues that matter in the intersection of government, technology and society. If you're feeling social, you can follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or circle him on Google Plus In addition to corresponding for the O’Reilly Radar, he has contributed to the Huffington Post, Govfresh, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, National Journal, The Atlantic, CBS News and Forbes. He graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology. Currently, he is a resident of the District of Columbia, where he lives with his greyhound, wife, power tools, plants and growing collection of cast iron pans, many of which are frequently used to pursue his passion for good cooking.

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  1. “If there is no market incentive to provide a service, government may need to play a role in providing it”
    Health Records Management solutions already exist and are in play throughout the private sector and some states.  In fact, the US Government has actually hindered this market through regulation.Organizations who can’t manage collaboration well within their own agencies (let alone inter-agency) are going to become the platform for open-source, open-data collaboration to the country or perhaps world?  I like the realization that government IT is clunky and stagnant, but they need to mature internally before they try to become a “platform.”These seem like initiatives for the sake of initiatives, and not solution sets to overall business goals or requirements.

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