Open Government is modern democracy

One of the major duh-slap-me-in-the-head moments for me at GOSCON was when Carolyn Lawson was describing the sometimes polarizing aspects of the term Open Government.  The dark side of the Open Government movement is that it is being referred to as a movement than many government officials consider to be the trendy topic du jour that will eventually past.  The other dark side to Open Government rears its ugly head when the meme finds itself caught in the midst of government politics, including campaign politics.

But the truth of the matter is that Open Government is simply a term which is being used to describe how government actually works in the modern technological age.  Open government is modern democracy.