Ivo Babaja, The Right to Information as a Question of Public Sovereignty

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Ivo Babaja, The Right to Information as a Question of Public Sovereignty

  1. 1. The Right to Information as aQuestion of Public SovereigntyIvo BabajaCeDEM 13Conference for E-DemocracyAnd Open Government22 – 24 May 2013.Danube University Krems, Austria
  2. 2. 2/6WHY?OPENNESS & PARTICIPATION
  3. 3. 3/6POPULARSOVEREIGNTYTechnology opened up newpossibilities to exercise it.
  4. 4. 4/6Popular sovereignty principletargetsPUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONAS AN INFORMATION SYSTEM
  5. 5. 5/6THE CONCLUSION:PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SYSTEMSHOULD BE DESIGNEDWITH CITIZENSAS ITS ULTIMATE INFORMATION CLIENTS
  6. 6. 6/6SO,● The system should be conceived, designed anddeveloped for citizens, not government;● Tweaking of the current systems can only havelimited results;● New system should be designed and thenapplied;● Tech. possibilities are long-time available: thischange is required to accept contemporarypolitical systems for what they declare to be: truedemocracies.
  7. 7. 7/6APPENDIXImplications:● Not “right to information” but obligation to publish incomprehensive OAS (Open Administration System)● OAS is used for administrative purposes and publicaccess at the same time● Authorized access for civil servant and citizensalike, with tracking of OAS usage●It must be clear which data is not open, why, for howlong, and who can access it● State limited● OAS administration should be conducted byconfronted interest groups with logical separation ofthe duties

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