Government 2.0: The Rise of the Goverati


Drapeau, M. (2009). “Government 2.0: The Rise of the Goverati”. In ReadWriteWeb, February 5, 2009. [online]: ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved February 25, 2010 from

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Type of work: Article (outreach)


e-Government & e-Administration


What is the goverati? It is made up of people with first-hand knowledge of how the government operates, who understand how to use social software to accomplish a variety of government missions, and who want to use that knowledge for the benefit of all.

The goverati includes not only government employees, but also people from think tanks, trade publications, and non-profits. And it includes high-profile thinkers outside of the government who have an interest in a more open, transparent, and efficient government; people such as Joe Trippi, Craig Newmark, and Tim O’Reilly. Using formal and informal social networks, the goverati is networking, sharing information, and changing how parts of the government interact with each other and with citizens.