Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs to host AMA on Reddit on EU transparency

‘Ask Koenders Anything’

05 FEBRUARY 2016, AMSTERDAM
Summary
On Monday 8 February, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs Mr Bert Koenders will respond to questions from the public on social media forum Reddit. The Dutch Foreign Minister wants to improve transparency of EU decision-making, for example through the use of digital technology. Open State Foundation together with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, have launched a series of events: an online European-wide open data app competition, hackathons in a number of European capitals and TransparencyCamp Europe, an unconference for open government in Amsterdam.

On Monday 8 February, the Dutch minister of foreign affairs Mr Bert Koenders will respond to questions from the public on social media forum Reddit. It will be the first time a Dutch minister answers questions through Reddit’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) format. Various international politicians and entrepreneurs such as Barack Obama and Bill Gates have preceeded Mr Koenders by hosting an AMA of their own.

Minister Koenders will open the AMA thread on Monday morning, 08:30 CET and will sit down to answer questions for half an hour in the afternoon, starting at 1545 CET. The AMA can be followed by everybody– even without a Reddit account – at www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/. To ask the minister a question you need to register for a Reddit account.

The Dutch Foreign Minister wants to improve transparency of EU decision-making, for example through the use of digital technology. Developers, government officials, journalists and activists from all over Europe will shine their light on EU decision-making and open government as TransparencyCamp Europe comes to Amsterdam on 1 June 2016. Open State Foundation together with the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, launch a series of events: an online European-wide open data app competition, hackathons in a number of European capitals and TransparencyCamp Europe, an unconference for open government in Amsterdam.

About Reddit Ask Me Anything

An Ask Me Anything (also know as an AMA or IAmA) is a part of the online platform Reddit, in which interesting or wellknown figures offer members of Reddit the oipportunity to ask them literally anything. You will be able to find the Ask Me Anything session at https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/.

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About Open State Foundation

Open State Foundation bevordert digitale transparantie door het ontsluiten van open data en de ontwikkeling van innovatieve en creatieve toepassingen te stimuleren.

Open State Foundation promotes digital transparency by unlocking open data and stimulates the development of innovative and creative applications.

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