… Geospatial information is like the lifeblood of data, it creates the opportunity to bring information alive. By mapping data you can turn seemingly arbitrary statistics into a rich, interactive and highly personalised experience, particularly with the onset of Augmented Reality and other Web Squared tools hitting the mainstream market. There is a huge variety of geospatial innovation that you are all leading the charge on, and for that I thank you and commend your efforts.

Similarly FOSS is like a living blueprint – a map if you will – for trust, sustainability and interoperability in the implementation of Gov 2.0 principles. FOSS principles and methodologies are the best case studies you can find for tried and proven online collaboration with constructive outcomes. FOSS applications provide reference implementations for pretty much anything, which government can build upon and customise. We have a lot to learn from FOSS methods and practices, and I would ask all of you to assist us, in government, to understand…

Vía Open …

Open discussion for a more open world.

Increasingly, the UK has become a surveillance society: one in which we aren’t allowed to see the workings of government, nor governmental information relating to our towns and cities, yet are captured on camera more often than citizens of any other country in the world. At the same time, commercial services capture detailed information about our lives and sell it for commercial gain, without letting us decide who gets to see it. The ethics of social media remain relatively unexplored while the technology develops at breakneck speed.

At BarCamp Transparency we’ll be talking about ways to improve transparency in government, social media ethics and cyber activism. If you’re interested in a more open and democratic society, we’d love to have you there. Attendance is free: just bring your ideas and a willingness to discuss.

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