18-19 June 2007
Toward More Transparent Government - W3C/WSRI Workshop
United States National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC USA
Daniel J. Weitzner
Decentralized Information Group
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
These slides: http://dig.csail.mit.edu/2007/Talks/0618-egov-intro/
Making public all generally available documents held by the public sector ... is a fundamental instrument for extending the right to knowledge, which is a basic principle of democracy.
DIRECTIVE 2003/98/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 17 November 2003 on the re-use of public sector information
(9) To make the Federal Government more transparent and accountable.
(10) To transform agency operations by utilizing, where appropriate, best practices from public and private sector organizations.
(11) To provide enhanced access to Government information and services in a manner consistent with laws regarding protection of personal privacy, national security, records retention, access for persons with disabilities, and other relevant laws.
"The Internet is 'a unique and wholly new medium of worldwide human communication.'"
ACLU v. Reno, United States Supreme Court (June 1997)
(paraphrasing the CfP)
Extraordinary Admin Team at W3C and ECS
Amy van der Hiel
Workshop co-chairs: José Manuel Alonso (W3C), Ari Schwartz (CDT), Nigel Shadbolt (ECS)
Speakers from near and far
National Academy of Sciences staff
Univesity of Maryland Mindlab for workshop support