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Software vs. your rights and quality of life, revisited

I have been saying for at least twelve years that your civil rights and the quality of your life depend on how software is used AROUND you. In July 2018, I found the same concept expressed very well by somebody else.

Quick: what is the FIRST thing that should be open to democratic control, and used for the common good?

Two articles about a great issue of our time just made me a bit sad.

Facebook and Google forcing countries to trust them

Please have a look at this scary title, just appeared on the Web:

Trip report: Open Data in Skopje

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited at the first National Open Government Partnership Forum in Skopje, Macedonia, for the panel titled “OGP-related Initiatives at the Local Level - Comparative Perspectives”. Here’s a short trip report, complete of link to my slides.

Yes, Open Data will also destroy (certain) jobs. If we are lucky, that is

While I am writing this post, the third meeting of the Open Government Partnership is taking place in Rome, Italy. As you can see in the snapshot, one of the participants just tweeted: inside this building we’re talking of participation, outside people are protesting to defend their job.

Some comments on the invitation to take Open Gov out of the hands of technologists

Last week at ForumPA in Italy, Andrea Di Maio gave a talk on “Open Government: The Reality Behind the Myth”. He left the conference disappointed for the lack of attendees and the somewhat nasty reaction to criticism: