May 13, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
France yesterday passed a very tough "Creativity and Internet" intellectual property piracy law that is more stringent than the EU's own code, and may contradict it in some respects. The French law gives illegal downloaders three warnings and then can pull the Internet plug for up to a year. The law was expected to pass, but was voted down recently in a sparsely attended session of the French Parliament. The Socialist party says it will appeal, according to media reports.
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.