#Iceland #hacksociety The Reykjavik Grapevine Features: Party Like A #Pirate
On Saturday, the pirates will party. The fledging Icelandic Pirate Party—which will join a worldwide organization that seeks to promote democracy through freedom of information, direct representation and data liberation—will hold a founding meeting…
Although their name elicits jokes and conjures images of Jack Sparrow characters, the party runs on a serious platform of freedom of information. Despite being the birthplace of IMMI, the International Modern Media Institute, some in attendance say Iceland is not all it’s cracked up to be in terms of open access to information. In some cases, the data is there but not conveniently accessible, and in other cases it isn’t collected at all.
“The thing is that the public information isn’t really that public,” says Stefán Vignir, an Icelandic web developer. “You are supposed to be able to get public information like getting a book at the library. There are so many things that could have been prevented for the last several years if everything had been on the table.”
See on grapevine.is