How Tech Startups Can Hold Governments and Politicians More Accountable – Join us!
Running up to the very first Transparency Camp Europe we invite you to meet the finalists of the EU-wide app competition at the pre-camp in Amsterdam. The Embassy of the Netherlands, Impact Hub and Open State collaborate together with dozens of tech startups in 8 cities across Europe to find solutions to increase digital transparency.
You are invited to meet, network and learn from the finalists at Impact Hub Amsterdam during the pre-camp on Tuesday, May 31 from 17:00-22:00.
Together with guest speaker Arjan el Fassed (OpenState EU) ‘On the need for transparency in these times’, and a widely engaged group of open data experts, diplomats, artists and entrepreneurs we get ready for the unconference the next day, while enjoying beers from the Prael and delicious catering.
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HACKATHONS? AN UNCONFERENCE? OPEN DATA? IDEATION? CODING? SLIGHT BAFFLEMENT IS USUALLY THE RESPONSE WHEN I MENTION THAT WE ARE INVOLVED WITH THESE THINGS AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE NETHERLANDS. WE HAVE BEEN ORGANISING HACKATHONS WITH DIPLOMATS, OR ‘DIPLOHACKS’ AS WE LIKE TO CALL THEM, FOR THREE YEARS NOW. ALTHOUGH THIS MAY SEEM COUNTER-INTUITIVE, IT ACTUALLY WORKS QUITE NICELY; THE SKILL SET OF DIPLOMATS TURNS OUT TO BE RATHER COMPLEMENTARY TO THAT OF DEVELOPERS AND DESIGNERS.
Opinion: by Weijer Losecaat Vermeer, Communications Advisor Digital & Public Diplomacy #EU2016NL at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Now that we hold the EU presidency we’re at it again and the issue couldn’t be more topical: transparency. The Dutch government is committed to improving transparency in general. Ironically, the EU institutions actually publish more data than most governments, yet to many the need in Europe appears greatest; Brussels seems like a black box, where unelected bureaucrats decide for us through opaque mechanisms of power.
During our presidency, we are not only pushing several institutional changes to improve transparency of the EU but also realise fully the importance of involving citizens in these efforts. Citizens are best placed to tell us what they want, citizens can best show us how to improve government, and citizens themselves can build the best solutions to bring value to society, all by using open data.
This is exactly what we want to encourage with TransparencyCamp Europe (TCampEU).
Continue reading: “On How To Improve Transparency of the EU”,
Digital transparency is a necessity for modern democracy and rule of law. It strengthens the information position of citizens, journalists and interest groups, and even that of civil servants and politicians. This is making governments and politicians more accountable and improves public decision making. Also creating a more effective and efficient government.
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