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CLARITY - Open eGovernment Services
  • 05Oct

    European Co-Creation workshop

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    In the framework of the WeLive project, our partner Tecnalia (together with CNS, UDEUSTO and DNET) has organized a workshop on European projects related to Co-Creation approach and Citizens Participation.The workshop took place on September 21st in TECNALIA’S headquarters in Bilbao.The objective of this workshop was to being together European project that are researching and innovating in co-creation methodologies and to share experiences and discuss on how to make co-creation sustainable.Present European projects, apart from WeLive were OPEN MAKERCITADELSMARTICIPATE and CLARITY. You can download the conclusions here.

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  • 28Sep

    10 Initiatives That Help You Take Back Control Over Your Online Data

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    Most online platforms have a business model, and every business model has something in common: surveillance. The current stage of the Internet reveals that users are more than willing to share their personal data. It is not a top-notch government secret that people are constantly being monitored, and that their data is used by third parties for a variety of ends.

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  • 14Sep

    Public Money, Public Code

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    Why is software, created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software? This is the central question of a new released campaign, by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) that urges governments to release the code of software that is paid for by citizens. With important support from Edward Snowden, this campaign helps you to convince your political representatives!

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  • 06Sep

    OECD's Open Government Recommendations Are Open for Feedback

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    The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is drafting a Recommendation on Open Government. The draft is currently public, and is open for citizen feedback until September 10th.

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  • 24Aug

    Smart Cities & the Ethics of Things

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  • 22Aug

    How the future of digital government services is shaped

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  • 01Aug

    Next Generation Internet

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    The internet is a technology ‘commons’ unlike anything before – a shared benefit and shared responsibility for all of its users. It was never designed to perform the tasks it is expected to perform, and it is certainly not future proof as-is. We need to do better in making sure that the internet as a shared global technical and social infrastructure is able to carry its heavy responsibility. This is especially relevant as we are about to embark on fascinating new journeys where we depend entirely on a safe, secure and open internet as a carrier - including an expected flood of connected devices on the outside and inside of our bodies, vehicles, buildings and infrastructure.

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  • 18Jul

    Real digital innovation requires a paradigm shift

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    The sharing economy is having an enormous impact on our cities. In the coming years new technological developments will change them even more drastically. The question is: who owns the platforms? The Google's and Airbnb's of this world, who are unaccountable and primarily in it for the money? Or the platform cooperatives, who focus on open technology, the commons and actual sharing? Should we take it one step further and radically change our economic thinking?

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  • 18Jul

    New policy addresses gaps in eHealth service provision

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    Brand new data and cyber security policy from the Department of Health (UK) addresses gaps in eHealth service provision identified the by CLARITY consortium. Just days after the CLARITY consortium submitted their Gap Analyses, which highlights gaps within the current provision of open eGovernment services, the UK Department of Health has announced plans to increase spending on cyber and data security to more than £50m, and also for introducing digital systems that allow patients to track how their data is used, and by whom.  This report thus responds to the following gaps highlighted in CLARITY work so far.

     

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  • 04Jul

    Do We Need Libraries?

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    When we are discussing open eGovernment services, we should also consider not only “government” related services but openness of other services, too. We work towards drivers and changes on open eGovernment services with the CLARITY project. Considering our work in this project, I started pondering the following questions: what should governments do when they take decisions for libraries? What will happen to libraries in digital era? Who needs librarians? Who needs libraries? Is it merely “nostalgia” now that when we have almost everything in digital form? Libraries are funded by our tax money, do we really need libraries anymore? Maybe we just digitize and automate everything and save the state the cost of having librarians and convert libraries to restaurants, pubs, office spaces?

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