Privacy has, in some way or another, been a tangent topic in our class. Talking to a couple of classmates, we acknowledge the inherent difficulties of the web 2.0 success -that is, how to separate your real self from your online persona? Is that even possible or desirable? Internet is a two-way street: we can peek inside the government but the government can also take a look into our lives.
Europe has been reluctant to jump into the e-gov and gov2.0 bandwagons and has pushed for protection of the user privacy (such as the ban Germany at frist had on Google Street View or the right to be forgotten online). The US, partly because its more individual and liberal tradition and partly because of economic interests (think SOPA), has refrained from doing so. The US government is spending on fulfulling the Open Gov Memo tasks, thus pushig US citizens into social media whitout giving them much control over the information they post online.
Anonymous DoS hacks of the past couple of months have shown that there are security gaps on government websites (as they are on thrid party websites). For government2.0 and in general web-collaboration, information assurance and privacy policies need to be tightened not only with the information shared with other companies, but with the information share on goverment websites and applications.