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Peter Thompson and Anni Rowland-Campbell co-hosted an ANZSOG/Web Science Australia event in Canberra on 22 October – “Government as a Social Machine”.  Special guest was Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton.  In 2006 Wendy became a founding director of the Web Science Research Initiative, along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  She was at the birth when the internet sprung into life.  Wendy presented a thrilling narrative of the developmental history and emergent future possibilities of the web.

In 2013 – Anni has directed an ANZSOG research project into the idea of digital technologies creating a kind of social machine – and its implications for the public sector.  A social machine is made up of creative contributions made by citizens (the social part) and a host that provides the site and admin (the machine part).  Wikipedia is a good example of a social machine.  The social machine has potential to facilitate citizen democracy, government-citizen two way communication and better delivery of government services.