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First POST: Oath of Office

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, January 22 2013

Inaugural

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International

  • The German Pirate Party saw its first state loss in regional elections in Lower Saxony. Der Spiegel called the result a "massive setback." Die Welt and the Sueddeutsche Zeitung attributed their loss to the party's internal disputes. But blogger "senSATZionell" suggested that the success of the Pirates in the other states had to do with the clearer and more settled majority situation of the other larger parties in those states, providing more room for voters to vote for the Pirates. The competition in Lower Saxony between the Social Democrats, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party was more intense and close. He suggests that the result does not predict the outcome of the vote nationally later this year.

  • Al Jazeera produced an interactive of a survey it conducted via SMS of people in Mali, asking them how they felt about the French military.

  • Eric Schmidt has posted about his trip to North Korea, but it is his daughter's impressions that have been gaining attention, according to Marketing Land.

  • France is proposing a tax on the use of digital data, and Jacob Albert argues there is a positive aspect to the plan.

  • The Pirate Party has gained official status in Australia.

  • Britain recently launched a genome database of patients suffering from cancer and other rare diseases.

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

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