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[News] Free/Open Government Promoted in More Countries, Proposals/Plans Laid Out

  • Subject: [News] Free/Open Government Promoted in More Countries, Proposals/Plans Laid Out
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:23:30 +0100
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Open Government: Beth Noveck at Transparent Text

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| I was especially pleased to hear Beth talking about bottom-up 
| initiatives within government departments, not just outside. 
| While she talked at some length about Netflix-style prizes for 
| innovation in data visualization and sharing, she also talked 
| about decidedly low-tech efforts to get input, like suggestion 
| boxes in government departments. A process at the VA got 8,000 
| suggestions from a department of 19,000 workers â she suggests 
| that many of the key ideas for opening government may come 
| from people who are already inside government departments and 
| know what steps need to be taken to release critical data and 
| enable more participation.


New report on sharing aid information is now open for comments

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| Weâre pleased to announce the publication of a new report, 
| Unlocking the potential of aid information. The report, by the 
| Open Knowledge Foundation and Aidinfo, looks at how to make 
| information related to international development (i) legally 
| open, (ii) technically open and (iii) easy to find.



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.


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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