the Pirate’s call for increased transparency was the development of the Online Parliament Viewer or Alþingisrýnirinn.
The viewer sources its data from publicly available records and presents them in a way that is easy to understand.
While Denmark is well known for the openness of its society, Danish government has revolutionized protests by intending to change the law of the Freedom of Information and to restrict access to government documents. Under the proposal that Minister of Justice has brought to the parliament a lot of documents characterized as ‘political advisory’ would not be available to the media.
. Sašo Miklič, coordinator for implementation of direct democracy in Pirate Party of Slovenia (PP-SI), explains the basics of (electronic) direct democracy for Slovenia.
The Galician Pirates have recently started a collaboration project with the Spanish NGO “Graba tu Pleno” (“Record your Plenary”). In short, the Pirates will coordinate the NGO’s actions in Galicia, and will receive full media/logistics support in exchange.
On Thursday evening, 21 February 2013, European Pirates got a new way to connect with Brussels and the European Parliament. Swedish Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter and her capable team have set up a regular streaming service so that Pirates and of course, any interested person can watch live and ask questions.
The Icelandic Pirate Party has confirmed its suspicions that Reykjavik City authorities are blocking access to one of the party’s collaboration platforms, namely PiratePad. The city uses content filtering software managed by the software giant Microsoft who have labelled it under the categories “hate-speech” and “computer crimes”. Libraries and schools are among institutions blocking access to PiratePad.
We have already reported about unrests in Slovenia corruption and Lack of Transparency Led to Unrest in Slovenia) and the corrupt practices of Franc Kangler, mayor of city of Maribor. The good news is that the mayor has announced his resignation and that protests against corruption have spread all over Slovenia.
The all-Slovenian protest has already been announced on Facebook and is scheduled for 21 December. Will it mark the end of the old and a beginning of a new era for Slovenia?
It has been known for a long time that something was wrong in the office of Franc Kangler, the Mayor of the city of Maribor. The media constantly reported over corrupt and non-transparent practices by his administration. On Monday 26 November the situation escalated and led to unrest when thousands of people expressed their demands for the Mayor to step down.
Prosecutor recently ordered the arrest of Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis for publicising a list with the names of Greek depositors in Swiss banks. The famous “Lagarde List” includes 2,059 names of Greek depositors in the HSBC bank in Switzerland. The “Lagarde List” was published recently in a special issue of the magazine “Hot Doc” but despite this two governments still deny its existence.
This is an update to yesterday’s article, which analysed the draft CleanIT document published and opened for comment by the OpenCleanIT platform. Another draft of the CleanIT document has been published (version 0.77 dated October 30, whereas the previously discussed document was version 0.762, dated October 24). It seems as if the version published on the OpenCleanIT platform was severely shortened.