As you may have gathered, I'm a big fan of consultations: if they are asking us what we think, we really ought not pass up the chance of telling them. Sometime those consultations concern extremely specific and urgent matters, like surveillance or net neutrality, and sometimes they are more general. Here's an example of the latter:
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) has launched a Stakeholder Survey to learn more about individuals, groups, organisations and entities who are involved in, or have views on, shaping Digital Agenda for Europe.
The Commission seeks more information on the areas stakeholders are interested in as well as rating the importance and level of satisfaction of certain aspects of interaction, for example easy access to information and the importance of timely and accurate feedback. The survey will take from 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Answers will remain anonymous. In January 2013 the main findings of the survey will be published on the Digital Agenda for Europe website.
It's true, it really does only take a few minutes. The questions are mostly about how well DG CONNECT is doing in terms of communicating to the public. I've given it fairly low marks, because it seems to generate policy opaquely, and to be unduly affected by lobbyists. I've suggested greater transparency, and more weight being given to what the public wants.
Whatever your views, it's worth taking a little time to give a response. You've got a while: the survey remains open until 2 December.