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[News] Citizens Demand Transparency and Openness from Their Government

  • Subject: [News] Citizens Demand Transparency and Openness from Their Government
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 18:10:32 +0100
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Show us the data now damnit! Excuses are running out.

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| A very interesting paper from Caroline Savage and Andrew Vickers was published in PLoS ONE last week detailing an empirical study of data sharing of PLoS journal authors. The results themselves, that one out ten corresponding authors provided data, are not 
particularly surprising, mirroring as they do previous studies, both formal [pdf] and informal (also from Vickers, I assume this is a different data set), of data sharing.


Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

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| One of the signal failures of digital technology in 
| recent years has been e-voting. Practically every high-
| profile attempt to switch from quaint analogue 
| technologies to swish new digital ones has proved a 
| complete and utter disaster. But taking a closer look at 
| these failures it becomes evident that the problem is 
| not so much e-voting itself, as the toxic combination of 
| e-voting with black-box software.
| The problem is quite simple. If you can't see what the 
| software is doing by looking at the code, you can't 
| possible trust it. And e-voting without trust is about 
| as useful as the proverbial chocolate teapot.
| The solution is equally obvious: mandate open source 
| solutions so that the code can be checked before use.


Will the new Web site not hide documents and processes?

New EU website goes live

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| The European Commission will today (21 September) launch a 
| revamped version of its Europa website. After two years of 
| analysis and review, the EU executive hopes its new central 
| web portal will make for a simpler, more organised 
| experience for EU citizens.



Ideas sought for open government

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| 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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