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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Netizens 2.0 Response to PCAST

Government 2.0 (of the USA) meet Citizens 2.0 (of the World)

There is an amazing capacity among us humans to hear what we think is important, and not hear at all what we don't care about. We respond to what makes us feel strongly and not at all to that which doesn't. The PCAST report was something that many of us who blog responded to in these terms.  Some of us who responded may not be interested in formulating a direct response to ONC.  After all, this is a US issue, right?  Others of us will revise our initial visceral responses into much more finely tuned words and phrases better suited to use with policy makers.

 I've gathered up commentary from the Blogosphere to the PCAST Report to put together what I call the "Netizens 2.0" response.  The only editing is to make it readable as a PDF document (so I have to change background and text colors), and removing unnecessary multimedia (YouTube videos of the PCAST Video, the Presidential Logo, copies of the PCAST report and pictures of the commentary authors).  I'm also including the comments on the comments.  I figure that there's as much or more expertise on the net that has already commented on the report as went into the report itself, and that expertise is already much more focused on healthcare, so it is vital reading.

This response WON'T have the finely edited turn of phrase that is typical of formal public responses to federal RFI's.  It's rough, and even the very slight reformatting I did do wasn't quite as thorough as I would have liked because of the hours in which I have to fit this in.  But it will content the cogent thoughts of very skilled professionals who also write well, and to a much broader audience.
Here are the list of postings that I included.  If I missed your favorite, my apologies.
All told it's about 65 pages of feedback.  Happy reading.

-- Keith

P.S.  Contrary to what the PCAST reports, modern search engine technology provides inadequate recall and precision on queries.  I had to use both Google and Bing to find some of these reports, and even then,  @VinceKuraitis did a much better job that either.  Thanks Vince, yours was the first on the list.


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