February 26, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
Eurojust, an EU judicial body composed of a representative from each of the 27 member states, has the mission of "enhancing the development of Europe-wide co-operation on criminal justice cases."
Last week Eurojust issued a release that said Italian criminals were using Skype and other IP telephony systems to sidestep police wiretaps, and faulted Skype's refusal to share encryption system secrets with officials. This week, Eurojust retracted that statement, saying that the report was premature and some of the data were incorrect.
Media and blogging coverage of the event variously reported that Eurojust did not contact Skype before issuing the statement, and the EU agency now says on its site that there are no official cases reported to it.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.