Information Sharing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
An Invitational Summit to discuss tecnology, challenges and recommendations
On the 29th of March at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the Computer Ethics Institutes, the Brookings Institution ITS and Harte-Hanks Trillium Software convened a roundtable discussion focused on the benefits and challenges of information sharing within government. The discussion pulled together public policy experts, technologists, public access advocates, and members of the federal government. The topics ranged over issues concerning the benefits of information technology, the cultural impediments of information sharing, the technological challenges, the states' perspective and role, the importance of public disclosure and the incentives for information sharing.
Welcome and Introductions by Jane Fishkin ( The Brookings Institution)
Information Sharing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The need, the vision, the state of art. Presentation by Ramon Barquin (Barquin International and Computer Ethics Institute)
The Good: What can technology accomplish? The tools and processes that enable infromation sharing today
The Bad: How is information sharing done today? How does information sharing happen among federal agencies that need it and between foreign, federal, state and local governments and with the private sector and the public?
The Ugly: What are the principal barriers and challenges to information sharing? What are the principal obstacles and challenges to information sharing (e.g., technical, statutory, security, bureaucratic, cultural) and what restrictions are necessary.
Making it happen Recommendations and next steps to be proposed for facilitating the information sharing process.