QuickLinks - e-Government
QuickLinks - e-Government
Issue no. 349 - 27 November 2005
- UK - Users flood 'Most Wanted' website
An FBI-style website, aimed at tracking the UK's most wanted crime suspects, has received more than 350,000 hits on its first day. The site, launched by Crimestoppers, lists police appeals in the UK as well as pictures of wanted suspects. The Most Wanted site proved so popular on the morning of its launch, it received 21,000 hits in five minutes.
Issue no. 347 - 19 October 2005
- EU - Criminal law enforcement goes EU-wide
The Commission has put forward proposals to allow information on potential criminals is to be made available across state borders. By what Commissioner Frattini is calling 'an entire new concept', the principle of availability, information held by police and judicial authorities in one member state is to be made accessible by all such bodies EU-wide, as necessary. The framework decision will oblige member states to make available names, addresses, phone numbers, fingerprints, DNA and vehicle registrations. Such details will be exchanged either online or in specific instances following an "information demand" from one state to another.
- UK - Info Commissioner to crack down on FOI shirkers
Britain's Information Commissioner is examining the open government credentials of over 100,000 public sector organisations as it prepares to strike a tougher line on enforcing freedom of information laws.
Issue no. 346 - 2 October 2005
- UK - BBC site wins e-democracy honour
The BBC's grassroots campaign website, Action Network, has been honoured as the top politics and internet 'world changer' of 2005, for the third year in a row. The site was declared the winner of the Top 10 vote at the World Forum on e-Democracy in Paris.
Issue no. 345 - 25 September 2005
- UK - Ofcom's FOI response on Premier League football research
Ofcom has refused a Freedom of Information Act request related to research which Ofcom conducted for the European Commission with respect to the FA Premier League's contracts for audiovisual carriage of its football matches (football on television). Ofcom understands that the European Commission will shortly be publishing the requested documentation at the same time that the Commission sets out any analysis into the sale of FA Premier League media rights. Ofcom does not intend to release the requested documentation in advance of the Commission setting out such analysis. Ofcom therefore considers that the advanced release of the requested information would be against the public interest because it may prejudice the Commission's consideration of the issues. Ofcom therefore considers that the information requested falls under the exemption contained in section 22 of the FOI, namely that the information is intended for future publication and that it would be against the public interest to release the information at this time.
Issue no. 344 - 18 September 2005
- EU - Caselex launches consultation on technical barriers to re-using European case law
Caselex calls for your views on improving the technical conditions for access to, and re-use of, European court cases based on its report Technical barriers to tapping the potential of European Case Law, which analyses and describes technical barriers in case law processing. Furthermore it discusses and proposes possible solutions and guidelines for the implementation of the Caselex service platform. Caselex has embarked on its mission towards building Europe's first one-stop-shop Internet service to national case law across Europe. It will serve the legal community with the important cases that will prove decisive to any legal works linked to EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, European Court of Justice cases). Your views can be submitted before 30 September 2005.
Issue no. 343 - 4 September 2005
- EU - Breaking Barriers to e-Government
The European Commission is funding a three year project to investigate the legal, organisational, technological and other barriers to expanding effective e-Government services using the Internet. The study will identify and explore key issues that can constrain e-Government growth, drawing on real-life case studies. The project is led by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). Its project partners are: gov3, a UK-based e-Government consultancy; the University of Tilburg (Netherlands); CRID, the Research Centre for Computer and Law of the University of Namur (Belgium); and the University of Murcia (Spain). See also the eGovernment Studies 2005 - MODINIS: Assessing the Economics (Luiss Management and RSO SpA), Identity Management KU Leuven, Case Studies on Interoperability (The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)) and Exchanging Good Practice (Bearing Point) .
- UK - Criminals danger list goes online
A national computer database containing the personal details and photographs of up to 50,000 of the most dangerous offenders in Britain was launched yesterday by the Home Office. The database, which is accessible by every police force in Britain, includes a personal profile on the most serious violent criminals and sex offenders that incorporates details as precise as whether their pet cat wears a leopardskin collar.
- UK - Information for sale
The Office of Fair Trading has launched an inquiry into the market in public sector information. It will look into the activities of organisations such as HM Land Registry and the UK Hydrographic Office, which collect and maintain data and recover their costs by selling information to government, business and the public. The office notes that some "public sector information holders" (PSIHs) compete with private firms. "The study will ... examine whether PSIHs have an unfair advantage selling on information in competition with companies who are reliant on the PSIH for that raw data in the first place." The inquiry's outcome could have a big impact on Britain's e-government economy. Its findings will inform a growing debate about whether agencies that collect data on the taxpayer's behalf should be able to dominate the market in "value added" products such as electronic maps and weather forecasts.
Issue no. 341 - 9 July 2005
- DE - Bundesrat gibt grünes Licht fürs Informationsfreiheitsgesetz
Deutschland erhält ein Informationsfreiheitsgesetz: Der Bundesrat hat in seiner Sitzung am heutigen Freitag beschlossen, dem nur mit Müh und Not vom Bundestag kurz vor der Vertrauensfrage noch verabschiedeten Prestigeprojekt von Rot-Grün keine Steine mehr in den Weg zu legen.
- UK - 210 reasons to refuse a Freedom of Information request
The Government has published a review of legislation that prohibits the disclosure of information in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, finding that 210 statutory provisions conflicted with the Act. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) came into full effect on 1st January, giving individuals for the first time a general right of access to information held by public authorities in the course of carrying out their public functions, subject to certain conditions and exemptions. One of these exemptions relates to legislation, in existence prior to the passing of FOIA, which prohibits the disclosure of information in some way.
- UK - Freedom of Information complaints are mostly upheld
Most complaints over the handling of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act are being upheld by the Information Commissioner, based on the 14 decisions published to date. The Commissioner's Office only began publishing its decisions this month. Of the 14 decisions to date, 11 complaints (or 79%) were upheld, at least in part. These victories do not result in penalties or compensation for complainants; rather, the public authorities are simply told just to provide the information requested.
Issue no. 338 - 7 May 2005
- FR - La télédéclaration adoptée par plus de 3 millions de contribuables
Le nombre de télédéclarants dépasse désormais les 3,2 millions, selon le ministre du Budget. Rappelons que la date fatidique pour l'envoi des télédéclarations est fixée au 15 mai. Le ministre a de nouveau appelé les contribuables à s'y prendre à l'avance pour ne pas être victimes des embouteillages qui ont paralysé le système ces dernières semaines. Ces dysfonctionnements sont en partie dus à une mauvaise appréciation du développement de l'internet il y a trois ans. Les budgets avaient alors été établis pour la période 2003 à 2005; le système n'avait été prévu que pour accueillir 1,5 million de télédéclarants.
- EU - Commission loses case on access to documents
Judgment of the Court of First Instance in Case T-2/03 Verein für Konsumenteninformation / Commission. Annulment of a decision refusing access to documents in a competition case. The Court held that where an institution receives such a request it is required, in principle, to carry out a concrete, individual assessment of the content of the documents referred to in the request.
Issue no. 334 - 13 March 2005
- IT - Approvato il Codice digitale della PA
Il Consiglio dei Ministri ha ufficialmente approvato il nuovo Codice digitale della Pubblica Amministrazione, proposto dal Ministero per l'Innovazione e le Tecnologie. Il codice, definito dal ministro Lucio Stanca "la Magna Charta per la Pubblica Amministrazione", definisce una nuova figura, quella del "citadino digitale" e introduce una serie di norme che permetteranno di tutelare il cittadino e velocizzare molte pratiche burocratiche.
Issue no. 332 - 22 February 2005
- EU - Environmental information: New directive on public access takes effect
New rules giving the European public better access to environmental information have become binding for all European Union Member States. The new directive on public access to environmental information (Directive 2003/4/EC) replaces an earlier directive dating from 1990 (Directive 90/313/EEC). It provides that every natural or legal person, regardless of citizenship, nationality or residence, has a right of access to environmental information held or produced by public authorities.
Issue no. 329 - 23 January 2005
- EU - Margot Wallstrom gets trendy with blog
The Communications Commissioner has launched a 'my blog' section on her website giving her personal thoughts on recent developments. Her first comments focus on the tsunami disaster and her first working days under the Luxembourg Presidency but she also talks about her taste for Portuguese Fado and about the fact that she had put on weight during the Christmas break.
- UK - Freedom of Information Act now in force
The Freedom of Information Act came into full effect on New Year's Day, giving individuals for the first time the statutory right to see a massive amount of information held by Government departments and thousands of public bodies. People have a right to information about the way decisions are made, and public money is spent, by more than 100,000 public authorities, including Government departments, schools, NHS Trusts, police forces and local authorities. Anyone, of any nationality, and living anywhere in the world, will be able to make a written request for information, and expect a response within 20 working days. There will be no charge for requests which cost central government less than £600 to answer (£450 for the rest of the public sector).
Issue no. 324 - 21 November 2004
- EU - Alle Rechtsdokumente in einer Internet-Datenbank
Alle Rechtsdokumente der Europäischen Union sind jetzt im überarbeiteten Internetportal EUR-Lex zu finden. Nach dem Anschluss der Datenbank Celex bietet die Seite nun das EU-Amtsblatt, wichtige Dokumente wie den EU-Haushaltsplan, internationale Verträge und parlamentarische Anfragen, teilt die Vertretung der Europäischen Kommission in Berlin mit. Darüber hinaus liefert EUR-Lex Dossiers zu aktuellen Rechtsthemen. EU-Bürger können sich aber auch über die Grundsätze des Gemeinschaftsrechts und die Entscheidungswege in der EU informieren.
- US - Internet and Democratic Debate
(Pew Internet & American Life Project)
Wired Americans hear more points of view about candidates and key issues than other citizens. They are not using the internet to screen out ideas with which they disagree.
Issue no. 323 - 24 October 2004
- UK - Most Freedom of Information requests will be free
The vast majority of requests made under the new Freedom of Information rights will be free, the Government announced. Draft Regulations, now superseded, had originally proposed a fee of roughly 10% of costs plus disbursements, although disbursements remain.
Issue no. 322 - 17 October 2004
- EU - Commission proposes to improve exchanges of information on criminal convictions
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a decision designed to improve exchanges of information on criminal convictions. The flow of information on criminal convictions has become a priority at European Union level following the Fourniret affair. This tragic case of paedophilia brought to light a number of significant deficiencies in the exchange of data between Member States on the criminal records of individuals, and the Commission undertook to pursue vigorous action to improve the existing machinery, putting forward short and medium-term legislative initiatives.
- UK - Freedom of Information Act: None of Our Business?
(Privacy Laws & Business)
Opportunities and Challenges for the Private Sector. Wednesday, December 1st, 2004, The Hatton, London, EC1. Speakers include Stewart Dresner, Chief Executive, Privacy Laws & Business, Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner, James Michael, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Maurice Frankel, Chair, Freedom of Information Campaign , Sarah O'Neill, Legal Officer, Scottish Consumer Council, Glasgow, Phil Michaels, Legal Advisor, Friends of the Earth, Mr. Alex Ganotis, Office of the Information Commissioner.
- UK - Political Blogs - Craze or Convention?
Political Blogs - Craze or Convention? examines whether blogging can offer an alternative to traditional channels of political communication in the UK. The research study focuses on eight political blogs as representative examples of how individuals and organisations are harnessing blogging as a tool to promote political engagement. The research monitored activity on these blogs and, in addition, a blogging "jury" of members of the public with little or no experience of blogging scrutinised the blogs to assess their relevance as channels of political thought and debate.
Issue no. 321 - 10 October 2004
- EU - New Eurostat portal
A new Eurostat portal has opened on the Europa Web site, including free access to previously charged-for data (Data | Free data explorer).
- Study: Poor infrastructure hinders e-gov't in new EU
A survey of the 10 new Central and Eastern European member states and candidate country Turkey by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that a lack of government commitment on e-government implementation, combined with a dearth of broadband and fixed-line telephone networks was slowing progress in the region.
Issue no. 320 - 25 September 2004
- Global E-Government, 2004 Full Report
by Darrell M. West, Center for Public Policy, Brown University, Providence, RI. In this report, I present the fourth annual update on global e-government. I study what is online globally and how electronic government has changed over the past four years. Using a detailed analysis of 1,935 government websites in 198 different nations undertaken during Summer, 2004, I chart the variations that exist across regions and countries, and discuss the pace at which e-government is unfolding around the world.
Issue no. 319 - 14 September 2004
- EU launches new citizen advice web portal to explain rights
The European Commission has launched a new Dialogue with Citizens web portal. Its aim is to provide clear information on how citizens can use their rights in the EU Internal Market and navigable in all 20 official languages. The site contains guides on ten areas of EU law and over 1300 printable, multilingual factsheets with practical tips. If users cannot find the information they need or have questions about any aspect of EU policy, they can phone or e-mail other advice and problem-solving services accessible via the site and get personalised help in any of the 20 languages.
Issue no. 317 - 22 August 2004
- UK - Government pays for online search
The UK government has started advertising on Google in order to tempt more visitors to its website. Directgov, the government's flagship website, was launched in March but has not attracted the numbers hoped for. The government is teaming up with paid-for listing providers, Google, Overture and Espotting, to draw attention to the site.
- US - Poll: E-voters not so afraid of election-day hacks
A new set of polls suggests that high-tech security experts have significantly less confidence in the security and accuracy of e-voting tools than does the public at large.
Issue no. 316 - 1 August 2004
- EU - Commission wants giant data network
The European Commission is looking for suppliers to work on a new communications infrastructure covering all national governments and EU institutions across the continent. The 100m (£66m) system will replace the existing network, known as Testa, which allows the exchange of data between European and national administrations. The deadline for responding to the tender notice is 13 September 2004.
- EU INSPIREs better geographical info
To improve mapping in Europe, the European Commission is launching the INSPIRE (INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in the European Union) initiative. A database with consistent geographical information, INSPIRE will support environmental protection policies as well as infrastructure development, agriculture and maritime navigation. A new Directive proposed today calls on EU Member States to put geographical information on a publicly accessible electronic network and to progressively harmonise it. At present, information on rivers, road networks and other geographical features is collected in an uncoordinated way and based on different methods and specifications, resulting in data gaps and lack of comparability.
- FR - Météo France rétablit la gratuité de ses prévisions sur internet
Face aux protestations d'internautes, Météo France a décidé de rétablir la gratuité de ses prévisions à trois jours pour l'ensemble de la France, mais les mesures plus précises resteront payantes. La direction de l'établissement public s'est également défendue de diffuser des prévisions trop aléatoires, comme l'affirme la revue de défense des consommateurs "Que Choisir".
- UK - MPs back free access to research results
The results of publicly-funded scientific research carried out in Britain should be made freely available to all and the government should help universities fund digital archives of their academic work, a committee of MPs will urge. In its long-awaited report into the scientific publishing market, the Commons science and technology committee will also call on the Office of Fair Trading to carry out a biennial review of the market.
Issue no. 315 - 18 July 2004
- EU - Celex access free of charge
Access to Celex menu search is free of charge from 1 July 2004. Nevertheless the use of a login and a password is temporarily required. Please use the login enlu0000 and the password europe.
Issue no. 314 - 24 June 2004
Issue no. 313 - 13 June 2004
- EU to launch Europe-wide public services portal
The EU has issued revised plans for the development of an online public services portal. The portal, to be known as 'Your Europe', is hoped to become the EU's main Web site offering cross border e-government services for businesses and citizens.
- UK - Hansard remixed for the net generation
A new website that allows voters to search and annotate the text of parliamentary debates has been launched by a team of volunteer programmers. The site, called Theyworkforyou.com, was unveiled at the NotCon conference in London, and is the fruit of nine months' work by a loose group of e-democracy activists.
- UK - Public to get online access to law
The Department for Constitutional Affairs is planning a new online database of UK primary and secondary legislation. He said there are proposals for the development of two enquiry databases: one for government employees operating through the Government Secure Intranet; the other for the public through the Web site. The former will include prospective legislation that has been passed by Parliament but not yet come into force. It will not include draft bills still going through the legislative process. Both databases will cover all of the UK, taking in legislation from the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies.
Issue no. 311 - 31 May 2004
- EU - European Commission launches new dynamic interactive youth portal
A portal specifically devoted to catering for the needs of young people is launched by the European Commission on 26th May 2004 with access to more than 10.000 websites in the 20 EU languages. The portal has been developed by young Europeans for young Europeans and contains everything you need and want to know about Europe which is relevant to young people from travel, to study to working in another EU country.
- UK - Doubts cloud e-government sites
The impact of e-government is under the spotlight on both sides of the Atlantic as studies question how much citizens interact with government websites. A report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project thinktank found that US citizens prefer to pick up the phone when dealing with officials. In the UK, there are doubts about whether the government's flagship website can attract visitors.
Issue no. 310 - 16 May 2004
- IE - Irish government rules out use of e-voting in June
The Irish Minister for the Environment and Local Government has said electronic voting will not be used in the local and European elections in June. This decision follows the publication of a report from the Independent Commission on Electronic Voting, which said the system's reliability could not be established to its satisfaction.
Issue no. 309 - 9 May 2004
- EE- Estonia opens politics to the web
In many countries, 'e-government' is more political rhetoric than hard reality. But not in the tiny Baltic nation of Estonia, where democracy is running about as close to real-time as you can get.
Issue no. 304 - 21 March 2004
- EU - Consultation on single European telephone number to report lost and stolen cards
The European Commission has launched a public on-line consultation on the possible establishment of an EU-wide system for cancelling lost and stolen credit and payment cards ('Card Stop Europe'). Such a service would be based on a single easy-to-remember phone number. Comments are invited until 30th April 2004. The Commission would like to encourage all European citizens to take part in the on-line survey. To make it as easy and quick as possible for people to respond, the Commission is using its Interactive Policy Making (IPM) tool for this exercise. IPM aims to improve governance by using the Internet for collecting and analysing reactions.
- EU - eDemocracy seminar
On 12 and 13 February 2004, over 250 international experts in the field of eDemocracy assembled in Brussels to discuss the implications information technology has, and is having upon our democracy. The presentations and conclusions of the eDemocracy seminar are now available online.
- EU - Framework for "good practice" in eGovernment
The eGovernment Unit has just issued the draft version of a document introducing a Framework for "good practice" in eGovernment. This Good Practice Framework should facilitate the take-up and exchange of good eGovernment practices and stimulate the learning from them. The Framework consists of several elements, with an 'intelligent database' for easy extraction of good eGovernment examples at the core of it. The document is currently available for consultation. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome. Deadline for comments: 12 March 2004.
- Government Gazettes Online
(University of Michigan)
This website attempts to list all online government gazettes and their characteristics to aid researchers. The listing is alphabetical by country, and includes the gazette title, url, languages, free or fee, range of coverage, format of, and an abstract about, respective content.
Issue no. 302 - 15 February 2004
- EU - Reinforcing eDemocracy
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, eDemocracy Seminar Brussels, 12 February 2004.
Issue no. 301 - 8 February 2004
- US - Pentagon Scraps Internet Voting System
Citing security concerns, the Pentagon has canceled Internet voting that would have involved as many as 100,000 military and overseas citizens from seven states in November. The announcement comes two weeks after outside security experts urged the program's cancellation in a scathing report. They said hackers or terrorists could penetrate the system and change votes or gather information about users. At the time, the Pentagon said it felt confident enough to proceed.
Issue no. 300 - 1 February 2004
- US - Bipartisan Request Seeks Halt to Internet Voting
In a highly unusual pairing, the Republican and Democratic party organizations for citizens living abroad have banded together against the Pentagon's Internet voting program for the presidential election. Concerns about the security of the online ballots could cast the entire election under a cloud of suspicion, they said in a joint letter urging a halt in the program. The letter is being sent to several congressional committees.
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