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"Public notices and inquiries should be moved from the newspapers and the bowels of the web online to where we are: networks like Facebook and Twitter." -- An important topic, but the solution proposed here needs thinking through some more to take into account locally-important minority channels.
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One great and smart way to reduce the (legitimate) cost of satisfying freedom of information requests is to publish the data online in machine-readable open formats in the first place. Hopefully the guilty parties here are considering that and not just buying more photocopiers.
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Americans! Under the spurious cover of budget necessity, vested interests who would prefer the bright lights of transparency to be turned off are attacking a wide range of the new initiatives that only just got started to make your government accountable. Sign up here to tell them you're watching and they should stop.
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"I think we need a law that explicitly makes it legal for people to record government officials when they are interacting with them in their official capacity. And this is doubly true for police officers and other law enforcement officials." -- I completely agree. This is a great explanation of why government officials should expect no privacy while private citizens should.
This link recently saved by webmink on November 25, 2010
Henrik has been a key persuader in the emergence of MariaDB, Monty Program AB and the Open Database Alliance from the consequences of the takeovers of MySQL, so his departure is a big symbolic blow. All the more so because his reason for leaving is that MariaDB is apparently not being run in a way that respects the ownership of the trademark. I'm sure there's more to be understood here, so I am waiting to read it before saying more myself - talking with Monty directly suggests there's no new news here.
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I'll believe it when I see it. The whole point of outsourcing in government contexts (and not just IT - think of military security in Iraq) is to push the dirty business of actually getting things done behind a contractual firewall where they can safely shelter under the cover of "commercially sensitive" and avoid being questioned.