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Alexander Howard

Even Ralph Nader And Grover Norquist Agree On Open Government | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

By most measures, the 113th Congress of the United States was one of the least productive in history, failing to pass major legislation for most of it...

Why the Rule of Law is Key to China's Modernization

Keping Yu | Posted 05.18.2015 | World
Keping Yu

BEIJING - Nobody is empowered to act beyond the limit of the Constitution and laws. This is the true meaning of rule of law, which distinguishes it from governance by man.

Can Big Data Subdue Big Government?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

What if, as disruptive innovation has done in so many cases, there was a way to detect suspect behavior and expose it in real time?

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Used Email Aliases. DOJ Says It Wasn't A Transparency Dodge. | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder has used three email aliases to conduct government business over the past six years, a Justice Department o...

Opengov Leaders: President Obama, Use Your Bully Pulpit to Promote Democracy Reforms in the State of the Union Address

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We're raising our voice to ensure that the president knows we and the organizations and communities we represent are holding him accountable to promises he has made about improving government transparency and engagement, making money-in-politics reform, upgrading government technology, updating the Freedom of Information Act and more.

Secret Order Cancels Guantanamo Hearing On FBI Spying -- Government 'Transparency' In Action

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

I really hope family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks weren't planning on attending the hearings scheduled at Guantanamo Bay this week. It would be completely demoralizing to someone who suffered personally from the heinous mass murders that took place 13 years ago to find that once again, all efforts to bring the five alleged perpetrators to justice had stalled, and once again, no one's allowed to know why.

Disclosure Needed as Obama Administration Reverses Lobbyist Ban

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There can be no doubt that too many special interests have too much access to decision-makers in Washington, D.C. But it is the height of absurdity to pretend that only registered lobbyists wield undue influence.

No, Less Disclosure Will Not Reduce Dark Money

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

The basic lifeblood of a democracy is information. And in a system of privately funded elections, it is essential to have real-time information on where candidates are getting their money. Knowing this tells us something about what they stand for, and whom they are spending their time with.

How Cuomo Is Breaking His Promise For A Transparent Government

ProPublica | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica, May 5, 2014, 9:53 a.m. Adopting a tactic that has been used by officials ranging from Sarah Palin to staffers...

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Sure, the NSA, CIA and FBI deserve scrutiny, but we should devote our attention to the private sector also. Outsourcing has always been a convenient way to avoid accountability.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

The Inevitability of Transparency as the New Paradigm of Government

David K. Rehr | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Republicans have an incentive to embrace transparency because it will lead to more efficient government and they will have something "new" to campaign on. Frankly, just talking about balanced budgets and tax cuts do not have the same voter impact they have had in the 1980s.

The News Is What the New Gitmo Hearings Don't Tell Us

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The current review process is an improvement over the old one, in that the detainee is now assigned two "personal representatives" to help him. But as in Afghanistan, neither is a lawyer or trained advocate. And neither has a budget to do any real investigation of the case.

Proposed Surveillance Reforms Insufficient, Another Finding NSA Program Is Illegal

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The President showed an understanding of the problems created by surveillance, but bolder leadership and strong action are required. We have no doubt those assigned to protect U.S. security want more information to do their job better, but that insatiable zeal for more information is where we get into trouble.

To Reform the NSA, Slash Its Budget

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

To get the NSA to actually "hear" what we are saying we must speak to them in a language that they and their primary contractors readily comprehend. If you want their attention and if you want them to change their ways, you must speak to them about cutting their annual budget.

The Unfulflled Promise of Citizens United

Bruce Freed | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Freed

Relevant regulatory agencies, along with Congress, have failed to repair the massive sinkhole in disclosure created by Citizens United. Justice Kennedy, it turns out, assumed incorrectly that shareholders would have the information they urgently need to assess a corporation's political spending.

'Tis the Season to Be Polling

Jim Moore | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jim Moore

I cannot recall a time of meaner politics. There was never a time when politicians of both parties were not only willing, but almost happy, to tear asunder the very fabric of our Constitution. Are you kidding? Of course we don't trust them.

Stop the Slaughter: Time to Rein in Wildlife Services' Reign of Terror

Noah Greenwald | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

The agency's unregulated killing gets worse with each passing year. After more than 100 years of ruthless, indiscriminate killing, the carnage must stop. The Department of Agriculture must finally rein in this indefensible reign of terror.

Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett Brown is being "punished for the crime of taking citizenship seriously." This is clear: he stands for values of liberty, transparency and privacy; though soon prosecutors in Dallas will try to persuade a jury otherwise. Increasingly, conscious citizens know the true score.

Transparency: It's Not Clear to Me

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

For eyeglasses, transparency is fine. Same goes for windshields, air, and nightgowns. I just don't like it in my government. It sucks the fun out of water-cooler supposition, conjecture, and gossip.

Anti-Establishment Journalist Has Spent 400 Days in Jail

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

The charges pursued against him equate to a dangerous precedent, especially for anyone who reports on hacking or leaks of stolen information. It means that one can be charged with fraud and identity theft for simply pasting a hyperlink.

The Exorbitant Cost Of Government Transparency In Hawaii

Civil Beat | Nathan Eagle | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

Neil Abercrombie’s job as Hawaii governor takes him around the world. Tourism meetings in Tokyo. A trade show in Los Angeles. A forum in Beijing....

Hickenlooper's Surprising Stance On Gov't Transparency

Posted 08.08.2013 | Denver

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised eyebrows with a somewhat counterintuitive statement to TIME magazine about government transparency making i...

Barrett Brown Awaits Trial on Spurious Charges in Texas

Kevin M. Gallagher | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology
Kevin M. Gallagher

Barrett is a member of a new generation of journalists who double as activists, those who recognize that dissent is fully warranted against a media complicit in creating the conditions for war.