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[News] Internet Phobia in Government Targeted

  • Subject: [News] Internet Phobia in Government Targeted
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2009 18:36:22 +0100
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Revised jury instructions: Do not use the Internet

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| Type the name âJennifer Strangeâ into your favorite search engine 
| and see how many hits come up.
| Or try the terms âHold Your Wee for a Wiiâ or âwater 
| intoxicationâ and look at the tallies. You get tens of thousands 
| of results. 


Slipping through the net - how EU countries evade new budget transparency rules

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| European Union countries are failing in the promise to make the 
| common fisheries policy more transparent, claims a new report 
| from FishSubsidy.org. With the policy undergoing a fundamental 
| review, the reportââSlipping through the net: How EU countries 
| evade new budget transparency rulesâ, by investigative journalist 
| Brigitte Alfterâprovides a timely overview of access to 
| information about EU fish subsidies and illustrates how weakness 
| in the legal framework for transparency and bureaucratic 
| obfuscation by member states are making it harder for EU citizens 
| to know how their money is being spent.


PM welcomes Sir Tim Berners-Lee to Downing Street

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| The Prime Minister welcomed the creator of the World Wide Web, 
| Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Professor of Artificial Intelligence at 
| the University of Southampton, Nigel Shadbolt, to Downing Street 
| this morning.


Publishing Open Government Data



Ideas sought for open government

,----[ Quote ]
| A DIY guide to becoming an MP and a database of the connections between the
| powerful could soon be created online.
| The two ideas are among those being considered by MySociety - a charitable
| group that helps construct civic tools.


Transparency against malpractic

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| As a result of my new enthusiasm to 'get out more' I found myself listening
| to a detailed and balanced 'non-advocacy' presentation from a respected OSS
| Watch staffer.
| He explained patiently how open source licencing worked and how it differed
| from proprietary licences. But what he did say whilst looking for an everyday
| resonance to make his points accessible to a non-geek audience, and which
| really sharpened every-one's attention, was that proprietary software was
| built on secret code whereas open source software had transparent code.
| Proprietary software IS composed of secret code. You can't read it, you don't
| know what it does (other than what you can see it do), you don't know how it
| does it and you can't change it.

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