Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Document Freedom Day

[This post started out as a message for the Team RP group.]

Today is Document Freedom Day. I'm going to post about a different kind of document freedom. Below is a video of journalist Fernando Rodrigues talking about Brazil and Internet efforts related to governance at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. It's pretty long, but if you've thought of the potential of the Internet for public information outside of government websites, this should be interesting for you.

Brazil ranks 13th in Brown University's 2007 E-Government Country Rankings. The Philippines is 96th. We could learn a thing or two from a third-world country with 186 million people and fully computerized elections for the past ten years.

More than computerizing the government, the possibility of informing people via online non-government initiatives seems do-able given the many Pinoys in IT. Of course, the information has to be available first. Compiling all that should be quite challenging as well.

Fast forward to 36:25 for something that sounds very familiar. We do get these stories from the PCIJ, but perhaps we've become desensitized.

"No initiative would be successful without... massive public support or...the various actors of that particular society involved, truly involved and committed to do something like that."

Document Freedom Day
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ)
Transparency International
Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

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