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geschild (43455) writes "In what can only be considered a clear victory for 'Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet' (We don't trust electronic voting devices), Ank Bijleveld, the Dutch undersecretary for the Interior said that the next big election process in the Netherlands, for the European Parliament, in 2009, will most likely be held using pencil and paper.
This declaration followed the advice of a report titled 'Stemmen met vertrouwen' (voting with trust) that proposes a return to paper voting. The report states that paper voting presents the most assurances for a transparent and verifiable voting process.
The report does not completely preclude the use of computers but suggests that computers should only be used to print the vote on a paper ballot that can be verified by the voter. The vote would not be retained on the computer but the paper ballots could be counted electronically after the polls close.
geschild (43455) writes "I had a lazy period when Dutch media reported on this, early December. Now the story is at risk of going stale, I guess I'll have to do the work myself, after all...
Late September 2006 a Dutch "cold case" team with the Utrecht police force re-opened the nearly 12 year old murder on the then 18 year old Sjaak Gerwig. So far nothing extraordinary, but here's a twist: the team has decided to try and involve the public in a new way. The team has put all the information from the case-file online. Reactions from the public are put back onto the site so others can see them, too.
Although the site misses quite a few of the hallmarks of a true 'web 2.0' application (reactions are moderated, for instance) Dutch bloggers and mainstream media are referring to this method as 'Police 2.0'.
So far, the police has received numerous reactions and has commented that some might very well be useful, while 'noise' seems low. Could it be the team is on to something?
All sites are in Dutch, unfortunately, as foreign media haven't picked up on this. Is his really new or just new to The Netherlands?
(Please do not add to the noice level? Besides the fact that interfering with a police investigation is a criminal offense most anywhere in the world, putting up comments for the heck of it, while not even being able to read Dutch, isn't cool.)"