Don Tapscott spoke about his latest book, “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. In the interview, he suggests that the collaborative web will yield new forms of government that are less paternalistic.
To illustrate this point, he spoke about the Holocaust Museum’s Darfur Map, that encourages us all to “be a witness.” The fact that we can all view and explore these areas online means that exploitive governments can’t hide atrocities, and that those that want to do something can have a window onto the truth of the situation.
The discussion on Talk of the Nation is worth listening to for this and other observations. The question and answer format of the program explore some topics rather deeply.
Tapscott has ties to the geospatial company Maptuit. He’s also spoken to the geospatial community on occasion, including a keynote that I arranged back in 2001 at the GeoTec Event. He’s always interesting to listen to, and seems to have a handle on the “disruption” that the Internet poses for business. Tapscott is probably best known for his book Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology.