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Why is this public? Many 911 calls, like the one with Demi Moore, involve requests for medical treatment. Typically, whenever any doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional learns information about a person, it is stringently protected. A healthcare provider who breaches medical confidentiality can face ethical charges as well as legal liability for the breach of confidentiality tort. In addition, there may be HIPAA violations of the healthcare provider is HIPAA-regulated. 911 call centers are not HIPAA-regulated, but the operators are in a special position of trust and are often providing healthcare advice (and calling for healthcare services such as ambulances). If the call from Demi Moore’s home had been to a hospital or a doctor or any other type of healhcare provider, public disclosure of the call would be forbidden. Why isn’t a 911 call seen in the same light?
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Briefing Doc | Open Data Recruiting Tools
Structured Open Data Campaign - Sign On!
Open data in San Francisco, the state of California, and throughout much of the U.S. and the world remains hobbled by a lack of legal definition. San Francisco's own open data law, for example, is posted online by the Board of Supervisors as a non-searchable PDF. On December 10-11, at the winter CityCampSF Hackathon, Gov 2.0 advocates will publicly launch an advocacy campaign to institute an open data standard in San Francisco municipal and California state law. The primary goal of this advocacy will be to achieve a clear and reasonable definition of open data for all materials required by law to be published online.
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Cory Doctorow, Master of Ceremonies
November 8, 2010, 7:30 PM
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EFF established the Pioneer Awards in 1992 to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. Please join us in congratulating the 2010 Pioneer Award Winners:
Steven Aftergood, Transparency Activist
James Boyle, Public Domain Scholar
Pamela Jones and the Groklaw Website, Legal Blogging
Hari Krishna Prasad Vemuru, E-voting Researcher
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Count the smart phones in Capitol corridors. Check Facebook and Twitter to “follow” your favorite elected official. Watch city council members on the dais texting during meetings. What are they saying? And is it any of our business? Of course it is.
The explosion of social media constitutes a radical shift in the way we communicate. Erik Qualman, writing in Socialnomics, says it’s the biggest cultural shift since the Industrial Revolution. Unfortunately, current state law doesn’t address the communication transformation that has made the Facebook population the fourth-largest country in the world. And because of this legislative technology gap, the public is left wondering what government business is being conducted on social media and what we’re missing.
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As each element of the Cycle of Transparency moves forward concurrently, bringing about the changes we need to create a more transparent government, we also identify new needs.
At the end of the day, the process that the Cycle of Transparency describes is about creating a government more deserving of our trust, and ultimately, a government that allows its citizens to fully participate and hold government accountable as our Founders intended.
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A number of new features have been added to regulations.gov, the U.S. federal eRulemaking service. The new features include:
* an “Exchange” tab, to link to the site’s online forum;
* agency specific RSS feeds;
* a bookmarking tool;
* a browse-by-topic index;
* a “Your Voice in Action” tab, featuring graphic displays about regulations and comments;
* a “What’s Hot” tab;
* new links to information about comment periods that are closing soon, newly posted items, and frequently used items;
* a search wizard;
* two new videos: one on searching, and one on submitting comments.