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Source code transparency - Miguel Ángel Gavilanes, Civio

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Presented at AlaveteliCon 2019 in Oslo. More details of the conference can be found here: https://www.mysociety.org/transparency/alaveteli/alavetelicon-2019/

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Source code transparency - Miguel Ángel Gavilanes, Civio

  1. 1. "Being ruled through secret source code or algorithms should never be allowed in a democratic country under the rule of law"
  2. 2. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes 2017 October 2018 June 2018 September 2018 November 2019 February 2019 March 2019 July 2019 September From explaining a new regulation to suing the Spanish Transparency Council
  3. 3. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes 2017 October Civio began reporting about new legislation modifying access criteria to the so- called Bono Social
  4. 4. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes Bono Social de Electricidad is a discount on energy bills to at-risk individuals and families
  5. 5. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes 2018 June Lack of information in addition to the complexity of the process prevented people to apply on time
  6. 6. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes 5.5 million Potential beneficiaries 2.5 million Gov. estimated beneficiaries 1.1 million people were profiting from it* *Source: CNMC (January 2019)
  7. 7. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes Electricity companies process their customers' subsidy applications
  8. 8. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes Civio reported it and created an application, in collaboration with the National Commission on Markets and Competition
  9. 9. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes 2018 September After dozens of calls from wrongly dismissed applicants, our team requested information about the software and its source code
  10. 10. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes ● Technical specifications ● The result of the tests carried out to check that the implemented application meets functional specification ● Source code FOI request
  11. 11. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes “It is necessary to ensure the protection of the persons concerned and their personal data”. Excuses from the administration
  12. 12. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes Excuses from the administration “Access to this documentation would mean providing a third party with certain information that would affect the security of the Administration itself, since details of the program and its vulnerabilities, including the possibility of suffering computer attacks, are given through the source code and the technical specifications themselves.”
  13. 13. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes The excuse “It would damage intellectual property”
  14. 14. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes ● Technical specifications ● The result of the tests carried out to check that the implemented application meets functional specification ● Source code FOI request
  15. 15. Miguel Ángel Gavilanes The government app denies the Bono Social to people who are entitled to receive the subsidy
  16. 16. "Being ruled through secret source code or algorithms should never be allowed in a democratic country under the rule of law"
  17. 17. Thank you for your attention miguel@civio.es

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