Fioretti correctly points out that far fewer citizens are interested in being members of an active thinking 'public' than one of the television-supplied 'masses'.
You can download the full talk at mfioretti.com. The main points were:
- Using computers doesn't automatically make services more efficient
- In and by itself, using only Free/Open Source software on government computers gives no openness: you can build the perfect police state using ONLY “Free as in Freedom” software
- Publishing data online does very little good if it doesn't come with the right laws and practices
and, above all:
- the crucial role EU senior citizens may play in acceptance of Open Government is really overlooked
- Open Government done right destroys many more white collar public jobs than the economic crisis: will people accept it once they realize the impact on what is the biggest employer in many states?
- Open Data work only if many more citizens are both willing and able to process numbers than it is the case today