Interesting, this is.
After much controversy surrounding the european project “Clean IT”, the Pirate Party Switzerland (“PPS”) and the Pirate Party Luxembourg (“Piraten”) were able to make an exclusive arrangement with the involved parties and will publish the current draft of the project on the website www.openclean.it
The aim of the Pirate Parties, in cooperation with the project organizers, is to increase the transparency of the process and enable the possiblity for citizens to influence the project. In order to allow every citizen to participate in the discussions the Pirate Parties from Switzerland and Luxembourg managed to create an exclusive platform where critics and supporters alike can comment on the current draft of the Clean IT Project.
“This openness and possibility to participate in the discussions is a milestone in transparency for security related projects.” says Pascal Gloor, Vice-President of the Pirate Party Switzerland and member of the Clean IT project group. “The project coordinators learned from the mistakes made during the ACTA negotiations and were surprised by the violent reactions concerning the leak of the outdated draft. They decided therefore to follow the recommendations of the Pirate Parties and agreed to the creation of the discussion platform
The text was made available to the Pirate Parties for publication on the platform www.openclean.it to encourage a broad public discussion and european-wide participation. “On the one hand participation and transparency in the decision-making process creates trust in the resulting acts and on the other hand the feedback from european citizens increases the quality of the proposal – it’s a win-win situation for all involved parties!” says Sven Clement, President of the Pirate Party Luxembourg.
Both parties salute this attempt to implement new ways for citizen feedback and are convinced that the success of the CleanIT platform will encourage other project organizers to use open and transparent processes starting from the early stages of the discussions.
Phi Beta Iota: Who would have thought that open source software and an open source mind-set would prove more effective at cleansing the Internet of vile users?