Archive for December 30th, 2009

Earlier today, I followed a twitt sent by @citizen-bob and referring to the publication of WhiteHouse visitor records, Transparency like you have never seen before.

I twitted back wondering about the point of these datas and asked some questions, (as a gov20-wannabe, remember?) wondering if the same datas would be published in France, once french gov20 will be released of course, one day… by 2012?

Back to the White House, here is my question:

If having access to lobbyist visitors would be of great value for NGO’s working on gov-transparency and anti-corruption, what is the point in getting all of the tourists and visitors private name and identity ?

There are more than 100 000 people visiting the White House each month, these 100 000 persons are now publicly listed ?

It does not seem to disturb any senior gov20. Is it because I’m missing a point or because it is acceptable from a US point of view ?

It seems to me the limits of transparency were not made clearly enough in favor of citizen privacy in this US version and that is a point we could try to improve in our not-yet-goved20-countries. But still willing to improve, so let me know about your own  thoughts. (@cpt_giraffe ? )

Meanwhile, still learning on transparency informations, with french article “Transparency, does it have limitations?” and tougher US version: “Against-transparency

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Hello everyone,

You are now reading my first real post, with quote, comments and opinion on gov20 as I did not feel comfortable enough with discussing issues on that matter before.

My interest started during the Opendata barcamp at La Cantine, Paris, a french co-working space.  I first heard there the topics I am now intensively documenting on, with a french point of view and there are slight differences, you will tell.

I will post in english for now as I am still seeking for information, analysis, comments and obviously the experts and feedbacks comes from overseas.

This blog aims to identifiy worldwide egov initiatives and applications and follow the french egov developpment (sic).

Indeed, we are still taking our time on this matter. There is a european directive concerning open data but it has not been transcripted in french application yet and the moto is:  not obligatory ? not necessary.

It does not mean we’ve been lazy, we have actually done what we do best: we created an administration of open data called APIE. It has launched a proposal of licences and is (probably?) working on opening data by 2012 in France. It is not quite clear, but reading their website it seems to me they are planning on charging data access.

Tim O’Reilly wrote a guest post on Techcrunch on the topic of Gov 2.0 Summit. His points was that Gov 2.0 should aim to be a platform for citizens to build on.

“Too often, we think of government as a kind of vending machine. We put in our taxes, and get out services: roads, bridges, hospitals, fire brigades, police protection… And when the vending machine doesn’t give us what we want, we protest. Our idea of citizen engagement has somehow been reduced to shaking the vending machine.”

We are right here.

“Can we imagine a new compact between government and the public, in which government puts in place mechanisms for services that are delivered not by government, but by private citizens? In other words, can government become a platform?”

We want to go right there.

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