Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC), has a website called Comment Neelie to initiate and maintain a two-way conversation between herself, as a politician, and the public, as citizens. Kroes says that it’s “a channel to communicate, not just broadcast.”
I believe in openness, and I’m grateful for the many ways technology allows us to be open. This site is a useful tool for me to see how my speeches are received by people. And, there has been some very helpful feedback. Indeed, I would recommend this approach to other leaders.
Kroes is a leader and politician who embraces the openness that the Internet can provide (like, her website and social media) as well as the promise for better government that implementing standards for open data, open access, and open education can provide.