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Re: Proposal to structure new eGov IG

From: Brand Niemann <bniemann@cox.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:31:54 -0500
Message-ID: <DBEBCBEDC435479BAB659ED50A34B922@user8e776429a7>
To: "Tom M. van Engers" <vanengers@uva.nl>, <daniel@citizencontact.com>
Cc: <chris@e-beer.net.au>, "Michael Hausenblas" <michael.hausenblas@deri.org>, "Ed Summers" <ehs@pobox.com>, "Sandro Hawke" <sandro@w3.org>, "W3C eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, <team-egov@w3.org>, "Brian Gryth" <briangryth@gmail.com>, "Mills Davis" <mdavis@project10x.com>
In the US, we are organizing a series of meetings for 2011 on


and would welcome your participation. Brand

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom M. van Engers" <vanengers@uva.nl>
To: <daniel@citizencontact.com>
Cc: <chris@e-beer.net.au>; "Michael Hausenblas" 
<michael.hausenblas@deri.org>; "Ed Summers" <ehs@pobox.com>; "Sandro Hawke" 
<sandro@w3.org>; "W3C eGov IG" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>; <team-egov@w3.org>; 
"Brian Gryth" <briangryth@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: Proposal to structure new eGov IG

>  Dear all,
> I agree with Daniel we should address these eGov themes. If we'd organize 
> ourselves too much along technical topics we will certainly loose interest 
> of many governmental institutions.
> Cheers,
> Tom
> Prof. dr. Tom M. van Engers
> Professor in Legal Knowledge Management
> University of Amsterdam/Faculty of Law
> Leibniz Center for Law
> Kloveniersburgwal 48
> Postbus 1030
> 1000BA Amsterdam
> +31 20 525 3494
> +31 20 525 2179
> www.LeibnizCenter.org
> vanEngers@uva.nl
> On 12/17/10 3:27 PM, daniel@citizencontact.com wrote:
>> I am worried that we are becoming tech oriented rather than policy 
>> oriented. I would start out with a list of things governments do, 
>> especially that differ from commercial interests. My list would include:
>> * Publishing documents especially laws and regulations that can be used 
>> and cited.
>> * Publishing data in ways that the public and value add entities can use.
>> * Maintaining private documents securely.
>> * Establish and enhance communication between citizens and government.
>> * Receive forms from the regulated citizens and entities.
>> * Establishing rules of the road for online identity as needed.
>> * Outlining the roles of governments in eCommerce.
>> And there are many more. I think we will find that cloud computing (catch 
>> phrase of the day), accessibility, standards adoptions, social media 
>> tech, and other technology issues fit into each of these items in my 
>> list. I know our audience may be mainly the tech folks in government 
>> agencies, but their ability to do their jobs is based on meeting policy 
>> directives and shaping government policies.
>> Perhaps to bring more people in who are tech oriented we need to have 
>> some structure that is convenient to them, but I think it is a mistake to 
>> not at least have a horizontal policy group that helps focus on the 
>> policy implications. This is especially important since different 
>> countries have different notions of citizen participation, privacy, 
>> regulatory structures, cultures, etc.
>> One example is the use of HTML5. The ability to use downloaded fonts is 
>> important for non-Latin alphabets. There are accessibility advantages. 
>> There are digital rights management implications for government cost and 
>> oversight.
>> And there is the issue of producing W3C documents that are human 
>> friendly. Which is not to say that there can also be geeked out tech 
>> manuals too. But can we address what I think is an important need that 
>> will also help with the access to our work by policy folks.
>> Thanks,
>> Daniel Bennett
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: "Chris Beer"<chris@e-beer.net.au>
>> Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 6:04am
>> To: "Michael Hausenblas"<michael.hausenblas@deri.org>
>> Cc: "Ed Summers"<ehs@pobox.com>, "Sandro Hawke"<sandro@w3.org>, "W3C eGov 
>> IG"<public-egov-ig@w3.org>, team-egov@w3.org, "Brian 
>> Gryth"<briangryth@gmail.com>
>> Subject: Re: Proposal to structure new eGov IG
>> Not a bad approach Michael.
>> If it is taken up, then:
>> While always tempted by SM - I nominate Brian Gryth as he was handling
>> the original SM TF.
>> I would like to put myself forward as a Chair candidate for the
>> Accessibility TF. I'm on the WCAG working group and will be on a joint
>> WAI-PF/WAI-WCAG TF in the new year, working on HTML 5. I have a good
>> understanding of 508 in the US, and the various legislative requirements
>> pertaining to accessibility for most countries as well. Working in web
>> publishing and content delivery, I'm also keenly aware of accessibility
>> issues as they relate to government, and was accepted to WCAG with this
>> as my primary expertise.
>> Cheers
Received on Friday, 17 December 2010 15:47:29 UTC

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