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June 06, 2009

Hackers help government to open up

Paul Jongsma draws my attention to an intriguing event on 13 June called HackdeOverheid (Hack the government). HackdeOverheid will focus on building prototypes or web platforms that demonstrate in practise how government services can be improved when they are based on open-ness. The idea is to harness the passion of eager developers, who already know what’s possible on the web, to the cause of open government. This event follows on from another recent workshop called Ambtenaren 2.0 (Civil Servants 2.0) which explored the the basic principles of open data with civil servants. Paul Jongsma knows as much about this stuff as anyone I know, bar none, so it should be a good event.

if you can't go to the Dutch event but are interested in this (large) subject check out, too:
Open Rights Group (ORG)
Rewired State
Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

Posted by John Thackara at June 6, 2009 08:34 AM


Also see UK initiative rewiredstate.org

Posted by: Dickon at June 7, 2009 06:28 PM

Thanks for the post, this event should be a blast. And we are happy to announce that there is 25k. of prize money available to the best ideas to use data... check out hackdeoverheid.nl for more info (Dutch though)...

Posted by: Ediald at June 8, 2009 12:16 PM

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