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What to Watch: Gov 2.0 Summit Starts

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

-- About 600 people from the worlds of academia, business, nonprofits, media, technology and government will gather Wednesday and Thursday at the Grand Hyatt for the inaugural Gov 2.0 Summit. Organizers say it will be the first major meeting with leaders eager to adapt the online tools they use in daily life to the work of governing.

"We want to make some heroes of the people inside government who are doing innovative things. We want to teach best practices and we want to learn," Tim O'Reilly told our colleague Ed O'Keefe. Founder of a computer book publishing firm and co-producer of the conference, O'Reilly is a tech pioneer widely credited with coining the term "Web 2.0."

Invited speakers include Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.), a frequent Twitter user; FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski; and the White House tech gang: Director of New Media Macon Phillips, Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra.

-- President Obama will deliver a eulogy at Walter Cronkite's memorial service in New York in the morning. At 8 p.m., the president will address a joint session of Congress on the topic of health-care reform.

-- Vice President Biden travels to Syracuse, N.Y., for a meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families. He will be joined there by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a discussion on college access and affordability.

-- It is Florida Republican Mel Martinez's last day in the Senate. Martinez, who is stepping down from office early, will deliver his swan-song speech from the chamber floor in the morning.

-- The Supreme Court will rehear Citizens United v. FEC, a case that could have profound implications for the role of corporations in campaign financing.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcitydigest@washpost.com

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