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Open Government Directive

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.

The Case of the Missing White House Petitions

J.H. Snider | Posted 12.31.2011 | Technology
J.H. Snider

Given that We The People does in fact enhance the values of democratic deliberation and accountability, it may be unfair to emphasize the ways it fails to reach its potential.

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.


Karl Grossman | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media
Karl Grossman

The U.S. press has become increasingly accepting of officials speaking anonymously. Not identified by name, they can exaggerate and make claims they'd be reticent to make if they were personally identified.

The Two Tribes of Open Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The federal government still has a long way to go. In the mean time, can't the two camps in the open government world peacefully coexist? There's just too much work to be done for us to get bogged down in denigrating each others' agendas.

Congress Weighs Deep Cuts to Funding for Federal Open Government Data Platforms

Alexander Howard | Posted 06.01.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard,, and other five other websites that offer platforms for open government transparency are facing imminent closure.

Gov 2.0 and Open Government Take Root in India

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alexander Howard

Despite the hurdles presented by poverty, illiteracy, and corruption, there are many reasons to be hopeful about Gov 2.0 taking root in India as a means of increasing transparency and accountability.

The Unsung Heroes of Gov 2.0

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kety Esquivel

In 2003, I left a corporate job in management to work on a presidential campaign. I took a two-thirds pay cut. Why? I was inspired by the promise of an accountable and open government by, for and of the people.

Harnessing the Civic Surplus for Open Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Open innovation isn't a "nice to do," it's a must do in order to strengthen our democracy. In the state and local governments, open government may be poised for sustainability.

Will Social Security Get Social Media in the Government 2.0 Age?

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In 2010, whether Social Security can better deliver on its mission through adopting social media, more data, better e-services and mobile technologies is an open question.

Let the Sun Shine In

Aneesh Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Aneesh Chopra

The President has launched a series of initiatives to open the government that led a coalition of good government groups to give the administration an A grade for transparency.

Fixing Washington: getting stuff done, working around entrenched interests

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Vivek Wadhwa has the right idea when he talks about the big contributions made by nerds and policy wonks working together in Washington and beyond. H...

The Semantic Web: Win-Win Solution for the Toyota Mess?

W. David Stephenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
W. David Stephenson

It's clear that the current regulatory system failed in the Toyota situation. However, the last thing we need is to impose yet another unwieldy 20th-century regulatory program.

Rhetoric or Reality: White House Touts Posting of "High-Value" Government Data as Advancing Transparency

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Though the Obama administration required federal agencies to publish online at least three "high-value data sets," many of the data are obscure, old, or already publicly available.

WH Releases Open Government Directive: Transparency (Plus) Engagement (Equals) More Democracy

Peter M. Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter M. Shane

If transparency is truly to promote accountability, then the public needs journalists to help discover, gather, compare, contextualize, and share the new information becoming available.

Open Government Directive: Obama Moves On Transparency Promise

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner and Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday, the Obama administration acted on a promise the president made on his first day in office -- to make government agencies more transparent,...