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Sharon Fisher

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Malamud’s contention is that the case law is inseparable from the law itself. That’s aside from his claim that he’s performing a public service by making the law freely available in a way that’s typically easier to search and for open data efforts to use than the way it’s online originally.
Should private companies be able to claim copyright on the law? Internet activist Carl Malamud doesn't think so, and he's taking the issue to court.
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Sharon Fisher

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Do we really want legislators mandating the technology that state agencies should use? When we’ve seen the tenuous grasp that government officials have on technology such as encryption, is it a good idea for them to pick winners and losers in technology?
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Francis Sealey

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How Does The Digital Age Impact On Our Democracy & Our Communities?

Community engagement in the world of the 21st century is very different to what it was in the previous one. Much of this is due to the growth of the digital age, the new media and social networking. Of course many other issues like funding, government policy, austerity and much more affect engagement but probably the most significant fact is the advent of the digital age.

In the twentieth century community engagement as well as political engagement was organisationally based. People belonged to organisations and were committed to them. Political parties grew this way as did the many groups that grew up in the 20th century – Amnesty, Greenpeace, Anti Apartheid and so on.

But the digital 21st century has made our society more “person” orientated than organisational. Traditional organisations have become less attractive as people make their own connections through social networks. The result is that huge numbers of groups emerge online and a new audience of people connect with each other.

But often the network age is a “drop in and drop out” one where people do not stay for the long course. Interest in politics and community issues has grown immensely but it can often be ephemeral and translating these new networks into focused action is the great dilemma of the digital and network age.

This is in a way the crisis of 21st century democracy – engaging people in the digital age so that engagement is sustainable and has results. The Webinar that we are holding on April 5th will begin to tackle this dilemma and it is one of several that will look at this issue over the coming year.

We would be very interested in your views about how we can tackle this problem and you would be welcome to join us on April 5th just to listen if you want but also to contribute with your own views and perspectives.

http://app.webinarjam.net/register/20480/7434bdff0e
Join us in this Webinar where we discuss the vital importance of the voluntary sector to our society and our democracy and look at how one umbrella or
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according to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, the public sector is once again the industry most affected by cyber attacks, with more than 50,000 security incidents in 2014 and more than 300 cases of confirmed data losses.  Join me and the PSTE on February for our panel of government, higher education, and industry discussing "Hacker and the Human Factor"  http://www.publicsectortechnologyexchange.com/Hackers_and_the_Human_Factor_Panel_Bios.html
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Bruce Moore

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Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
Should there be a law passed which imposes penalties on local elected officials who lie or misrepresent facts in public open meetings?
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YES, A LAW WITH STRONG PENALTIES
87%
YES, A LAW WITH WEAK PENALTIES
4%
NO, BUT SHOULD BE PART OF THEIR OATH
4%
NO, IT IS OK TO LIE AND TELL HALF-TRUTHS
6%
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Sharon Fisher

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The database will provide a treasure trove for users such as students, bankers, home buyers, family historians, urban planners and journalists investigating historical and financial development of New York property and infrastructure, or researching family history. The project is particularly tantalizing because no other city of New York’s size and importance has a comparable historical database.
NYU's Tandon School of Engineering was recently awarded a $260,000 grant to digitize NYC records—more than a hundred years' and a million pages' worth.
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Sharon Fisher

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The CIA plan was swiftly criticized by a number of transparency organizations and Congressional representatives, including the heads of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees. This led to the National Archives temporarily changing its mind. The CIA has now permanently withdrawn the program. 
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We want your thoughts on the State of Government Innovation Survey: http://goo.gl/AGSEvY.
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Around 63% of Brits are beginning to embrace the idea of internet surveillance carried out by the government; however fear of how personal details will be stored is still at the forefront of people’s minds.

#surveillance #cctv #government #governance #council #marketresearch #mrx  
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Inderjeet Singh

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If you want to apply for post and pre metric scholarships then you need to register on www.scholarships.gov.in. For more details please read full article.
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