Edward Snowden on the governing / governed relationship in a democracy

In this video, Edward Snowden gives his general opinion on what should be the relationship between the governing and the governed in a democracy:

“[…] This is not about any sort of a particular program. This is about a trend in the the relationship between the governing and the governed in America that is coming increasingly into conflict with what we expect as free and democratic people. If we can’t understand policies and programs of our governments, we cannot grant our consent in regulating them. As someone very clever said recently, we don’t have an oversight problem, we have an “undersight” problem.”

Priorities and action plan for France 2.0 at GouvCamp / OuiShareFest 2013

You are welcome to the Priorities and action plan for France 2.0 that I will manage during the GouvCamp #2 organized by Démocratie Ouverte (the first GouvCamp was organized in 2012 at the Assemblée Nationale).

This event will take place Saturday, May 4th 2013 from 10:00 to 17:00 CET at La Cantine, 151 rue Montmartre, Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris.

You can register for free here (only 100 tickets available).

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The Gouv Camp #2 is an event of the OuiShareFest on collaborative economy:

The decisive year in Afghanistan?

British Member of Parliament Rory Stewart asks a few interesting questions about the presence, strategy, negative collateral effects and astonishing optimism of Western and coalition in Afghanistan, despite consistent warnings of field experts.

  • 2004 – “Without question, this is a decisive year in Afghanistan” (US General Barno)
  • 2005 – “I think 2005 can be a decisive year” (US General Abuzaid)
  • 2006 – “2006 will be the crunch year for the Taliban” (US General Richards)
  • 2007 – “This is a decisive year for the future of Afghanistan” (Espen Eide, Norwegian Deputy Minister)
  • 2008 – “I think next year will be a decisive year (US Major General Champoux)
  • 2009 – “We are knee-deep in the decisive year” (US General McChrystal)
  • 2010 – “2010 will be a decisive year” (David Miliband, UK Foreign Secretary)
  • 2011 – “2011 will be a decisive year (German Minister for Foreign Affairs)