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Taking “utmost transparency” to the next level – at4am for all!

*What? When?? Where??? How?!?!* were the questions that got me started some 10 years ago now, on my free software journey that’s taken me to the heart of the European Parliament. As a young Swedish musician, politically innocent and ignorant as the next, I got worked up together with a bunch of newborn stallmanites unleashing […]

International Open Legislative Data Conference, July 6-7, Paris!

While the newly elected French National Assembly gets ready to choose its president, the question of its modernisation keeps arising. From the academic research world to the hacktivist perspective, parliamentary monitoring and studies are flourishing in France and all over the world. Methods and techniques may differ, but all share one common need: larger transparency […]

The public examination of draft laws: Lawmaking 2.0 for Russia

Although “democracy” means “rule by the people”, history has known few cases of such a form of government. In the vast majority of cases “democracy” is used to refer to a representative form of a government, in which citizens delegate their political rights to elected officials. As a result, representative democracy leads to bureaucratic establishment. […]

Public Data Consultations: Making Open Data a Reality

**This post is from [Lucy Chambers](http://okfn.org/members/lucychambers), Community Coordinator at the Open Knowledge Foundation.** Earlier this month, the UK Government published the [‘Open Data Consultation Paper’](https://update.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/open-data-consultation.pdf). Its aim is to establish a “culture of openness and transparency in public services” and the Government is turning to the general public for their preferences on how this should […]

Open content film blocked by YouTube in Germany

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org).** Cartoonist, animator and activist [Nina Paley](http://blog.ninapaley.com/) recently got in touch with me after [her talk](http://blog.ninapaley.com/2011/07/04/rantifesto/) at [OKCon 2011](http://okcon.org/2011/after), saying that her openly licensed film [Sita Sings the Blues](http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/) has been blocked by YouTube in Germany: > GEMA has blocked Sita Sings […]

Free! Music! Contest – fewer choices, more freedom

**The following guest post is by Christian Hufgard, chairman of [Musikpiraten](http://musik.klarmachen-zum-aendern.de/), and member of the OKF’s [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://publicdomain.okfn.org/).** The Free! Music! Contest is a contest for bands and artists releasing their songs under a creative commons license. In its third year the focus is set on enabling remixes – and freeness. […]

An International Standard for Open (Source) Hardware

The following guest post is by Jürgen Neumann, from the Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance. Jürgen will be joining us at OKCon 2011 as part of a panel on Open Hardware and Open Standards As the free open source paradigm is shifting towards open everything, there are still a few obstacles to completely shift […]

What do you think about Norway’s new open data license?

**The following guest post is from Sverre Andreas Lunde-Danbolt who works for the Department for ICT and renewal in the Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs, and who is a member of the OKF’s [Working Group on Open Government Data](http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/government)** The Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration and Reform have just sent a […]

Richard Poynder interviews Jordan Hatcher

Open Acccess journalist extraordinaire Richard Poynder recently interviewed the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Jordan Hatcher about data licensing, the public domain, and lots more. An excerpt is reproduced below. The full version is available on Richard’s website. Over the past twenty years or so we have seen a rising tide of alternative copyright licences emerge — […]