Drunken Pirate ' sues school that nixed degree MSNBC A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a MySpace photo has sued the university. Here's the photo.
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In Sweden the legal base for accessing private data is the &quot;Publicity Principle&quot; dating from 1766. So for the last 2 and a half centuries, the Swedish society is used to radical openness. The idea was and still is, that in a complete see-through state – politicians and authorities are not able to hide anything. With the launch of the website &quot;Ratsit&quot; in 2006, things changed radically, because all the former barriers to access disappeared! Suddenly everybody could check within seconds each Swedish person's address, marital status, yearly income, (even) depts and so on. Within a very short period of time, 600.000 people registered on the website – (which is) a high score, as Sweden has only 10 Million inhabitants. After many complaints and intense discussions, the authorities – in particular the Ministry of Finance – &quot;forced&quot; the company to change the access. Otherwise, they threatened to reduce access to (data on a) paper base again. So now, for accessing to data of private individuals, you have to pay 10 Euro. (Information regarding companies is still for free.) Most important, the person whose data were recalled, gets informed (by mail) - a step towards balanced transparency.
In the past, there were many barriers to be taken before accessing this sensitive information: You had to find the right administrative office; find out the opening hours; You had to go there; pay the fee; wait for the answer; And it was not anonymous. Now all the barriers have disappeared! website for the whole USA, service is for free – financed by advertising, it's open 24 hours a day, and you get the answer within seconds; And you are anonymous So Welcome to the Google of criminal records ;-) Visualization: Because of the easy way to visualize information with meshing-up web-tools, You can view the criminal records of your neighbors with the help of GoogleMaps - Here we go! You can also use the function &quot;Criminal Alerts&quot;. Just subscribe to this service and you will be informed if a &quot;criminal&quot; is moving to your neighborhoods - Useful service, isn't it ;-)
STRIKE RACISM from Austria: documents racist graffiti in the streets & public transport of Vienna shows Vienna's government how many racist graffiti exist &quot;so that authorities must react&quot; Users are posting these graffiti (as a jpeg-file) by mobile phone via mms or e-mail
&quot;MeinParlament&quot; Austria This independent project is provided by the NonProfit Organisation &quot;Politik Transparent&quot;, and supported by the Austrian Parliament S chirmherrschaft of the 3 Presidents of the Federal Assembly enabled by a cooperation with its German partner-site and 10 Austrian media. The site was launched (on the 22th of August 2008) during this parliamentary election campaign. In one month, till the polling day - the day before yesterday - about 2.500 user-questions reached the candidates. This project allows the citizens to: view and compare the (political) programs of 7 different parties, find (more than 2.000) profiles of candidates (also for their own constituency) ask questions, that are usually answered within a week, read all the collected answers - (which are) clearly arranged and searchable by party, regional and local constituency Also the politicians' work is faciliated, because they can give clearly laid-out answers refer to their prior answers (in case of multiple similar questions) (After the Election,) From this October on, users will also be able to: ask the (183) Members of Parliament view collected, relevant information about these persons check their track record - including work in the committees, speeches and voting in Plenum deal directly with the persons (who are) responsible/ answerable for specific matters , cause the MPs (and members of a committee) are also searchable by themes, Track the (important/decisive) committees' work
a transition from monolithic government to Government 2.0 where pluralistic , networked forms of government called "governance webs" become the dominant organizational model for service delivery & policy-making, Don Tapscott, D. Williams
Government 2.0 ? Governance will become more engaging, participative , democratic and transparent , Jeremy Millard Wer will Veränderung ?
Dr. Peter Parycek, MSc Zentrum für E-Government, Donau-Universität Krems [email_address] +43 2732 893-2312 http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/egov http://linkedin.com/parycek http://www.slideshare.net/parycek http://twitter.com/parycek 08/04/10 DANKE für Ihre Aufmerksamkeit!