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Steelie Neelie Kroes, European digital agenda commissioner, has called for public data to be more easily and cheaply accessible, a move that could benefit smartphone and web developers. Kroes is proposing a revision to the 2003 directive on reuse of public information [PDF, 7-pages] that will make it easier for companies to make …

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Neelie Kroes - almost single-handedly keeping my faith in the EU alive

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Making it compulsory to provide data in commonly-used, machine-readable formats, to ensure data can be effectively re-used

Mean that all MS formats are off the radar as my Computer can't read them?

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What am I missing?

Firstly, could someone take a moment to explain to a simpleton like me, how this keeps authorities accountable?

Secondly, regarding the activity; how much of that 20 odd billion is going in to public coffers and how much would be drained out from public to private as a result? Does anyone have any insight on this please?

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