Jussi-Ville Heiskanen wrote:
Interesting. Reminds me of when we originally
"monobook". There was a real but brief episode where
somebody using the nick "bgates" came into the channel
#wikipedia on Internet Relay Chat, and very swiftly
exited, after getting an answer that appeared to all
present to be a sincerely technical one...
I confess I have ever since wondered was that the "real"
"bgates" or just somebody with a sense of humour, who
nevertheless was discomfited by our move to monobook.
Well, in this case, the guy was real :-)
I met him at http://assisesdunumerique.fr/actualites/
Nice opportunity by the way, to mention that last week, I met with
various important people (at French scale), in the name of our prime
minister (Fillon), the minister of education and research (Pecresse) and
the secretary in charge of Innovation, digital economy and etc ... (Eric
I had the very "blushing-experience" of being both cited by Fillon
(once) and Besson (twice) in a public event. I actually met Besson 3
times in two days, including a 7 members-2 hours breakfast at the
minister, around digital economy considerations.
One of the top (hot) topic is that Besson has been asked by the prime
minister to come with a series of propositions by end of july, regarding
digital economy in France. I must point out that the very-short delay
for this plan is
1) because our government was restructed recently (and for the first
time, digital economy was given to a specific minister, rather than
being nicely divided between minister of culture, of education, of
industry etc..., and
2) because France will become president of Europe this summer, so
obviously want to be a leading force of proposition in various areas,
including internet considerations.
Anyway, the Assises du Numerique are usually an opportunity for
*important* people (that is... politicians, industrial leaders, public
services) to discuss of the future of our country and come up with
propositions. Access is restricted.
This year, they decided to have unrestricted access to the Assises, the
expand them to a collection of local Assises all accross the country, to
let completely open the number of propositions which can be done, AND to
open a wiki to either comment or tweak the current propositions, or to
make NEW propositions. Is not that amazing ?
THe wiki was opened yesterday:
Poeple must log in to access the wiki, but creation of account is
totally opened. I tested it yesterday during the Assises. License is
I hope the french editors will take direct action and be a force of
proposition. Otherwise, it would really mean that we should not complain
in the future if the laws and activity of the government does not please
us. We should only complain if they refuse our propositions ;-)
More to come later on the topic. Just wanted to mention it was the first
time that my government was actually OPENING a place for us to work on
action points together.
THIS is also thanks to us guys...
Very cool indeed. Just to continue on the theme of namedropping...
Bessons opposite number in Finnish government
) is a very
old friend of mine - when I say old, I mean "when people used
to wear bell-bottoms" old.
Though Kasvi isn't currently so well known for his technology &
future related endevours, but as one of the prime movers in the
scandal that is currently shaking the whole Finnish political
system to its core, in regard to transparency of political
Though it is cool to add that my old friend has been very
active in updating all the articles on Finnish Parliamentarians
on The wikipedia.