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Presentation at ePSIplatform 2013 Conference on 22 Feb in Warsaw

Presentation at ePSIplatform 2013 Conference on 22 Feb in Warsaw

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  • 1. Transparency by default Speaking: Daniel Lentfer 22.02.2013Mehr Demokratie Hamburg Tel. +49(0)4031769100Mittelweg 11-12 Fax +49(0)4031769102820148 Hamburg info@mehr-demokratie-hamburg.de
  • 2. Who we are:Foundingorganisations:Partners: Transparency by default 22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 3. Law written in an open wiki Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 4. Aims • Impede corruption and manipulation • Reduce waste of tax money • Make bureaucracy more effective • Strengthen trust in politics and administration • Facilitate participation Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 5. Compare Old: New: HmbIFG Transparency Law passive law: active law:Citizens have to request Authorities allocate information and pay a information on an fee to get it. information register and → time consuming offer free and → uncertain success anonymous access. Transparency by default 22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 6. Disclosure requirements • Government decisions • Whitelist (§3 Abs. 1) • Contracts* • Opening clause • Expert advices • Any other kind of • Official instructions information on request • Grant decisions • Statistics * must be published by • Geodata services for the public. All others if there is a public • etc. interest. Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 7. la n:P Citizen Lawmaking Initiative: Late 2011 15.000 Signatures Initiate Referendum: Summer 2012 >62.000 Signatures Referendum: September 2013 (next to federal elections) Transparency by default 22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 8. l: eaR Citizen Lawmaking hall Initiative: Late 2011 15.000 Signatures Parliament: 13.06.2012 unanimously Enter into Force: October 2012 Transparency by default 22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 9. Implementation Information/Data on request Transparency Save documents by default publish 06.10.2012 Phase 1 06.10.2014 Phase 2 Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 10. Implementationadvisary bord project managment legal stuff technologie procedures Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 11. Issue: Who needs to publish § 2 Definition of terms (...) (3) Authorities are all ‘classical authorities’ by the Administrative Procedure Law and all bodies controlled by the city. (4) Control as in (3) is given if 1. the body has special rights or mandatory membership exist, 2. a body controls the majority of shares or the majority of supervisory board mandates. (...) Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer
  • 12. Initiativesin Germany Implemented Civil society governments More initiatives in Austria, Slovakia, Spain...
  • 13. "It is a fallacy that there are questions too big and too complicated for common people. To accept such thoughtsmeans to take the first step towards technocracy, experts ruleand oligarchy. [...] Politics are accessible, can be influenced by anyone. This is the central point of democracy." (adapted from Olof Palme) http://www.transparenzgesetz.de/english Transparency by default22.02.2013 ePSI-Conference – Daniel Lentfer