WWW2010 : Open Government Panel

WWW2010 : Open Government Panel

The opening plenary panel offers perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic on the move to make government data more open and accessible on the Web (data.gov and data.gov.uk). Panelists:
  • Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee;
  • Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero;
  • Professor James Hendler of RPI, who will moderate the discussion;
  • UNC professor and Director of iBiblio.org,Paul Jones;
  • Andrew McLaughlin, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the Executive Office of the President; and
  • University of Southampton Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Director of the Web Science Trust and Web Foundation
Notes only; no analysis. …continue reading →

White House Makes Questionable Copyright Claim On Government Photos

Let me preface this post by reminding folks that IANAL (I am not a lawyer).
[caption id="attachment_2547" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Example of White House Flickr Photo"]Obama and LaHood[/caption]
The U.S. government policy on photographs and copyright is pretty straightfoward: photos produced by federal employees as part of their job responsibilities are "not subject to copyright in the United States and there are no U.S. copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work." Why, then, is the Obama White House asserting that no one but "news organizations" can use its Flickr photos? Why is it asserting that manipulation is prohibited? Why is it asserting that photos may not be used in "commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House"? …continue reading →