A few days ago it was announced that on February 21st Italian minister would publish their incomes as part of what is called “Operation Transparency”. This actually happened but:
- Not all ministers complied (including the prime minister)
- The information is hidden as a link on the left hand side of the page with each minister’s biography
- The government web site stopped for a while due to too many requests.
Whereas nobody can criticize the purpose of such an initiative, its imperfect implementation offers points for reflection to all those who are planning for open government.
Once it is decided that information is going to be released transparently for public consumption, it should be timely, complete, accurate and easy to find. The Italian government failed on almost all accounts.