FOI Notes: EU Online Public Services, US Reports, New Journal

25 February 2011

European Union: A new report says the average availability of online public services in the EU went up from 69% to 82% from 2009 to 2010.

Declaration: Activists gathered at the World Social Forum’s Assembly on the Right to Communication issued the following declaration Feb. 11, 2011.

United States: The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation release the fourth and fifth in a series of white papers aimed at implementing the recommendations of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.  The papers—“Government Transparency: Six Strategies for More Open and Participatory Government” by Jon Gant and Nicol Turner-Lee (link here), and “Creating Local Online Hubs: Three Models for Action” by Adam Thierer (link here)—outline specific steps that community and elected leaders need to take to enact the Knight Commission’s recommendations to expand government transparency and create local online information hubs.

New Journal: The Institute for Information Policy at Penn State’s College of Communications launches The Journal of Information Policy, “an effort to bring contemporary scholarly research and analysis of significant information policy issues to the attention of policymakers in a timely fashion.” Apart from opening essays defining its mission and the field, the inaugural issue is about the U.S. “Broadband Act of 2011.” The Journal website is The journal is accepting unsolicited submissions.

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