On January 21, US President Barack Obama published a memo called “Transparency and Open Government.” In it he makes many good points, but particularly note
- “Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.”
- “Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government’s effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions.”
- “Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government.”
Things to think about:
- How do these ideas apply to national standards bodies, both in the US and elsewhere?
- Substituting “Standards” for “Government,” you get a good sense of what open standards advocates have been strenuously arguing for the last few years.
- “Openness” is a general movement, not just related to open source and standards. That said, openness intersects many areas and it doesn’t take a big leap to go from discussions about open government to procurement policies for IT based on open standards.
- What might these mean in your country?
Also see Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s blog entry on the memo.