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[News] Good Example of Open Data/Transparency Protecting Democracy

  • Subject: [News] Good Example of Open Data/Transparency Protecting Democracy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Dec 2009 18:45:56 +0000
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Civil Liberties Groups Ask EU to Repeal Data Retention Directive (1 Dec 2009)

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| Civil liberties groups European Digital 
| Rights (EDRi) and the German Working Group 
| on Data Retention (AK Vorrat) are calling 
| on the European Union to repeal the 2006 
| directive on the data retention of 
| electronic communications.[1] In the event 
| that the directive is not repealed, they 
| demand that it is amended to introduce an 
| opt-out right allowing Member States to 
| decide whether or not to require the 
| retention of communications data. 


More than Digital

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| Digital content remains dependent on the 
| physical world too, since data has to be 
| stored somewhere, and some machine built of 
| atoms is needed have to process it.  The 
| âdigital worldâ is really a hybrid world, 
| one where analogue and digital co-exist, 
| where the physical and the virtual come 
| together in a mutually dependent 
| relationship.


The mystery of Tony Blair's finances

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| The former prime minister Tony Blair has 
| received millions of pounds through an 
| unusual mixture of commercial, charitable 
| and religious income streams. Since he 
| stepped down from office in 2007, his 
| financial affairs have been described by 
| observers as "Byzantine" and "opaque". The 
| Guardian is now launching an online 
| competition offering a prize to the person 
| who can shine the brightest light on those 
| financial structures.
| Blair has a commercial consultancy, called 
| Tony Blair Associates, plus jobs advising a 
| US bank and a Swiss insurer. He has a 
| multimillion pound book deal. He also has a 
| charity, the Tony Blair Africa Governance 
| Initiative, and another called the Tony 
| Blair Faith Foundation. But much of the 
| income, which includes charitable donations 
| from other sources, has been funnelled 
| through a structure called Windrush 
| Ventures No 3 Limited Partnership. Our 
| contest asks: what is Windrush?


King to probe release of 9/11 pager messages

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| One privacy lesson in the WikiLeaks 
| disclosure is that high-tech communications 
| gadgets create information that can surface 
| years later, Spafford said. Nothing is 
| private, he emphasized.


Making Government IT Better - and Open

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| As I've noted many a time, the UK 
| government has been one of the most 
| backward when it comes to adopting open source 
| solutions.



Progress on Open Database Alliance

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| During this autumn I've had the pleasure of
| working closely with Georg Greve, Founder and
| former President of the Free Software
| Foundation Europe. Seeing that he had just
| left his previous post, we realized that his
| experience would be invaluable to do some of
| the heavy lifting involved in setting up
| processes for this fresh association. And so
| it has been!


Unlocking the Cloud Means Open Data

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| Opponents of cloud computing cite data loss
| and vendor lock-in as a primary dangers of
| relying on such services. They're valid
| points, but since cloud computing isn't going
| away anytime soon, it's time to start finding
| solutions instead of simply sounding alarm
| bells.
| Today's guest editor, Rafael Laguna, CEO of
| Open-Xchange, shares his thoughts about what
| it would take to make cloud services more
| reliable and trustworthy.

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