Posted by: Ian Bruk | November 17, 2006

Mobile People Power Points Way to Self-Perfecting Government

Turning out to be a watershed announcement by 3 in offering flat rate access to internet from their mobile phone. In monitoring the buzz around this announcement I found the weblog Faster Future. Following is an excerpt from a post predicting that the mobile internet will surpsass the fixed internet. Governments should take note.

  • Users want to tag their world (3G, geolocation)
  • People are making use of new social networking tools to re-establish a ‘we-species’ (as in communities everywhere, but with 3G geolocation these communities can be focused on where you are right now, with the fluidity to allow you to connect with new communities as you move through your world).
  • Users want to remain permanently connected to their communities (through text messaging if not ‘online all the time’.)
  • People are (naturally) creative and want to co-create their content if we give them the tools.
  • People want their opinions to matter – and will rate things (including content others have created).
  • People are increasingly used to using several channels, increasingly at once.
  • They demand speed of response.
  • They have an open-minded approach to change and to experimentation (creative hacking).
  • Convergent technology is helping to drive much of the above.
  • Crowd-sourcing draws on all these to create contributory communities willing to help develop products which can self-perfect. This can inform all digital development.
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