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From: William Loughborough <wloughborough@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 10:27:02 -0700
Message-ID: <1e3451610904301027s58ca2670gd42d08a9a65f39e3@mail.gmail.com>
To: EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
The proposed "document" is:

The latter should be done because if it is published in anything even
remotely resembling its present form it will obfuscate the very real
necessity for providing some framework for W3C (and of course WAI) to cut
through all the bureaucratic verbiage and propose readable explanations
about such matters as interoperability and open standards and widespread
intergovernmental/citizen emergence into the age of information.

Rather than patching up the document's extensive and confusing
interpretation of, e.g. interoperability, we should make a serious effort to
do more than just submit to a hyper-bloviated presentation without many
specifics. There needs to be a much more scientific approach to the idea
that governments must become efficient in their relationships with citizens
through application of SPECIFIC means of assuring both accessibility and

And I fear the same casual approach will also pervade the effort to make
medical records enough more effective so as to enable enormous savings such
as those already demonstrated in areas affected by the Web.

The empowerment evidenced by "socialware", etc. is clearly working. The
Wikipedia is practically newborn but its effect has transformed preliminary
research methods. The internet has essentially made print sources for
information obsolete as the near total collapse of newspapers and TV
networks demonstrates. Governments will also be radically impacted by this
technology and efforts like the over-verbose documents we are reviewing do
nothing to make this happen cleanly.

If it were up to me I would tell them to disband and re-charter with a view
towards clarifying rather than muddying the issue of how the Web should be
used to enhance "eGovernment". But it's not, so I suppose we will keep
applying band-aids to these fruitless efforts.

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