Forcing Dutch procurement to be transparent

You may remember last September I published an interview with crusading Dutch IT journalist Brenno de Winter. During our meeting, we discussed the sorry state of ICT procurement in Europe and the findings from a research group that many tenders illegally specified products rather than technologies.

Brenno decided to do something about it and started a project using Holland's freedom of information act to force disclosure of tenders. I had the chance to meet him again yesterday and to record another dueling podcast (Brenno's version is on his site) discussing his progress so far, especially the collaborative website where. Impressive and unusually energetic and imaginative journalism that I'd like to see elsewhere.

[MP3 | Ogg]

Comments:

This is \*activism\* not journalism ;-) Brenno makes a clear distinction between his work as a journalist and his personal beliefs.

When Brenno bites however, you better get your acts together. He is smart, perfectly prepared and won't let you go with simple excuses. This is what those local municipalities are feeling right now. I don't envy them ;-)

Go, Brenno!

Posted by Jan Wildeboer on March 26, 2009 at 06:34 PM PDT #

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