'Government asks: ...' - editorial digest of Reboot11 session

30-06-2009 14:41:26

(Denne ressource er et kondenseret referat af sessionen - på engelsk)


At the Reboot11 gathering (25th and 26th June 2009), the Danish National IT & Telecom Agency (NITA) proposed a session to discuss what government can do to support digital innovation. The proposal was:


Government asks: What is the ideal digital policy of the 21st century?

What should government do?


Right now governments around the world are creating new digital visions and actions plans. In the US it's about transparency and open data, in the UK it's about broadband for all and public information availability. As we speak, the Danish government is getting ready to create a digital vision for 2013 (#vision2013). Put your participation where your mouth is and tell us what we need to put in that vision!

This ressource is a editorial digest of the session. Jakob Willer, Christian Lanng, Janus Sandsgaard and Cathrine Lippert from NITA hosted the session.


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Editorial digest of the Reboot11 session Gov asks.pdf pdf

Clarifying points by Ton Zijlstra

Cathrine Lippert

Ton Zijlstra who participated in the session has kindly contributed some clarifying points:

The need for net neutrality was brought up repeatedly, and it was suggested that broadband should be defined as "access
to the open internet". 

This was said by David Weinberger. He meant broadband to be about 'broadband access to the open internet', as opposed to 'broadband access to curated/filtered resources' So it's not so much a definition of broadband as such, but about the type of access people will gain with that broadband. Weinberger pointed to the US examples where 'broadband' projects in reality meant that the investors in the infrastructure determined the content (cable tv etc.) and the services flowing over that infrastructure, thus creating walled gardens where free speech is actively hindered by design and intent.

In Belgium an Apps for Democracy-inspired initiative received 35 proposals for data use within a very short timeframe

David Osimo (@osimod on Twitter) said this. It wasn't about 35 proposals though, but 35 actual applications being created. They can be seen at: http://www.inca-award.be/
To enter the contest you had to create the application, not just make a proposal. This yielded 35 actual applications within 1 month. I think it's an important example as it was about real applications, not proposal, so coders/designers needed to put their efforts/actions where their mouth is.