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Real-Time Disclosure -- One Simple Fix for a More Informed Public

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Citizens are affected every day -- not just in the weeks before an election -- by the decisions of their elected representatives, and have the right to know when those decisions are being driven by large campaign contributions.

Keeping Score: Using Evidence to Improve Lives

Michele Jolin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Only a limited number of government programs use data and evidence to guide funding choices or conduct evaluations to understand the impact after programs are implemented, meaning we know startlingly little about which government programs are working and which are not.

How the Global Open Data Movement Is Transforming Journalism

Jeanne Bourgault | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Jeanne Bourgault

The success of early data projects has shifted the tone from he-said, she-said sound bites to solid data sources, and has further inspired journalists, civil society organizations and governments to pool their efforts, and their data.

Here's Why #HackForLA Will Work

Beverly Macy | Posted 08.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Beverly Macy

Yesterday I joined 300 developers, government agencies, businesses, and engaged citizens for the kickoff of #HackForLA - part of a National Day of Civ...

Open Data Is Good for America

Steven VanRoekel | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Steven VanRoekel

Taxpayers paid for these data -- they belong to the public -- so we believe they should be accessible to everyone. And we can't wait to see what new products, services, and companies get created by American entrepreneurs as they innovate using these data as fuel.

Open Data Executive Order Shows Path Forward

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

By requiring agencies to publicly list all their data that could be made public, the president is not just reaffirming that decisions about disclosure should be based on the public interest, he's also giving the public (and Congress) tools to enforce them.

Open Data Platforms: A Tool to Revolutionize Governance

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 06.05.2013 | Technology
Jayaseelan Naidoo

Having returned from speaking at a conference hosted by the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the issue of constituency feedback, I have re-learnt that important lesson: citizens always know better than the government or the market what works for them.

Coding for Hunger: Not Development as Usual

Maura O'Neill | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
Maura O'Neill

Through social media, we can harness crowd-sourced wisdom and rapid diffusion networks to imagine a day in our lifetime where families everywhere can take pride in the accomplishments of their healthy children.

Five Apps to Make NYC Greener: Built in a Weekend

Rachel Sterne | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

Can an app make New York City greener? It can if it influences the little decisions that New Yorkers make every day -- things like recycling a bottle instead of throwing it in the trash, or biking to work instead of driving.

Andrei Scheinkman

Announcing the HuffPost Pollster API

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrei Scheinkman | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

As the presidential race heats up, Americans are increasingly turning to political polls to try to understand the current opinions of the electorate. ...

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Launches New Open Government Website

Alexander Howard | Posted 08.04.2012 | New York
Alexander Howard

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched NYOpenGovernment.com, a new website that his office touts as a means for "voters, the media and government watchdogs to hold state government accountable."

US CTO Looks to Scale Agile Thinking and Open Data to Improve Citizen-Centric Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In the 21st century, federal government must go mobile, putting government services and information at the fingertips of citizens, said United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park in a wide-ranging interview this week.

Choosing the TEDMED 20 Great Challenges of Health Care

Rosina Samadani | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Rosina Samadani

Next week, 1,200 innovators, entrepreneurs, industry and government stakeholders, artists, and health care practitioners will attend the annual TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C.

With New Funding and Fellows, Code for America Looks to Scale Civic Innovation Across the Country

Alexander Howard | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Given the economic pressures and challenges that confront hundreds of millions of Americans, the need for a killer civic "app for that" may never have been greater.

International Data Journalism Awards Recognize a Crucial Field

Alexander Howard | Posted 04.09.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

The growing importance of data journalism will be recognized in the first ever international Data Journalism Awards.

Big Pharma Is Innovating With Social Media -- Really

Rosina Samadani | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Rosina Samadani

When big pharma leverages technology, open data and social media to develop innovative patient-facing apps, it's a win to the fourth power.

Open Government Data: Not Just Good Policy, But Economically Sound

W. David Stephenson | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
W. David Stephenson

It's time for those on both the right and left concerned about the cost and efficiency of government to join in: opening up data makes hard economic sense as well.

Open Data for Real People

Patti Prairie | Posted 01.17.2012 | Technology
Patti Prairie

Why, when the app industry is booming with new demand and innovation, are open data providers seeing much lower uptake than anticipated?

Apps for Entrepreneurs Looks to Accelerate Startups With Open Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Over the last year, agencies have been trying to crowdsource their way out of problems. Now, the Small Business Administration is trying the mechanism.

Open Government Data Earns Bipartisan Congressional Support in Washington

Alexander Howard | Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

As these efforts go forward, it will be up to the media, businesses, nonprofits, watchdogs and, of course, citizens to hold them accountable for actions taken, not just rhetoric.

Good Government Through the Looking Glass: Transparency and Accountability

Toni Preckwinkle | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago
Toni Preckwinkle

Last week was the launch of Cook County's new Open Data website. The website makes an unprecedented amount of County information available to the public, all available with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Cook County Is Opening Its File Cabinets; Are You Looking Inside?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

The much-anticipated Cook County redesigned open data website was launched last week -- let the floodgate of citizen activism begin.

USAID Goes FWD With Open Data and Open Government for Famine Aid

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.19.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today at Mashable's Social Good Summit, Dr. Raj Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch ...

Progress and Setbacks for Open Government on Eve of Historic Global Partnership Launch

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.18.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In 2011, some of the most dynamic changes may be found the state and local level in the United States. After next week, the eyes of many more people will be open to the broader sweep of a global movement towards transparency.

As Newsprint Fades, Can Websites Sustainably Fill the Information Needs of Citizens?

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

If states are the laboratories for democracy, as Thomas Jefferson famously said, towns and cities may be the Petri dishes that stress test the vitality of different species of online hubs.