Governing With An iPad

In USA on June 20, 2011 by P Grant

As the Ash Cloud hung over Europe last summer putting the brakes on travel plans for hundreds of thousands of people, one Norwegian government official found a way to communicate – using his iPad.  The eruption of the volcano in Iceland ,the source of the Ash Cloud, stranded The Prime Minister of Norway, Jen Stoltenberg,in the United States where he had been attending a nuclear summit.

His press secretary said he continued to run the government of Norway with his iPad.    

Norway’s almost 5 million people have taken to the new technology and social media with an enthusiasm almost unmatched in the world.  Norway is home of the Nobel Peace Prize, rugged coastline and a highly educated populace.  Norway is known for its liberal/progressive policies and heightened social conscience  supporting companies with a strong corporate social responsibility in their mission statement.

The Storting, the Norwegian Parliament, made up of 169 elected officials uses the latest social media to conduct its business.  Whether its internet homepage or  videos on YouTube, the Storting sets a high standard for being current.

The left of center government announced June 10th it will be scaling back in August the  use of Norway’s Air Force fighter jets which have been attacking Libya since March, as part of the NATO alliance.    No evidence of tweeting here.  It was announced the old fashioned way by a news release in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Will the Unitd States or other governments around the world use the iPad or some form of it in the future to run their governments.  It’s a good bet that will be the case.

One Response to “Governing With An iPad”

  1. You chose a good starting point with your post this week, using a Mashable article about a hyperconnected politician as a starting point for talking about how government’s use of technology may be evolving. The body of your post, though, was a bit confusing as to your main point. Did you want to make the case that more governments around the world should or will start using the iPad for governing? Or that the iPad has limitations when considering how it might be used for governing?

    Some of your assertions, such as how the Storting “uses the latest social media to conduct its business” didn’t have any links to back up where you learned this from. Watching the video you embedded didn’t really help, because it seemed to be an amateur video with a voice over in another language. Did you feel that the actions of one super connected Norwegian politician using an iPad translated into the Norwegian government being more tech savvy? If so, we need more information and research about why that is. At the end of your post, you also share an example of the government using “the old fashioned way” of a news release, which seems to contradict your earlier assertions in the post about how tech savvy and connected the Norwegian government is. And also the link that you shared was broken, so I could not see the article you were pointing to. Ultimately your final line about how it was a “good bet” that other governments may use the iPad for governing didn’t seem to have much analysis behind it. As a result, your main point was missing its impact. (3 – 1 for late posting = 2)

    PS – As a small point, your typos continue to be a distraction in your posts (ie – “Unitd” and misspelling the name of the Norwegian politician “Jens” … as much as possible, you should try to go over your post before sharing so you can avoid these). From personal experience (because I make those errors too), they usually manage to undermine the credibility of your overall post.

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