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"Transparent" Politicians? We Can See Right Through It!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When the Capitol Dome becomes the Cone of Silence...

How New York City Is Using Big Data To Serve Its Residents

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.13.2015 | Technology

City government works better when the people running it can anticipate problems and when the residents it serves know what's happening in their neighb...

How Open Data Helped Uncover Rampant Corruption in Myanmar's Multi-Billion Dollar Jade Industry

Hera Hussain | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Hera Hussain

Open data may not demolish the incentive of corruption but it can go a long way in raising the cost of doing so.

Making the Case for a Local Version of the U.S. Digital Service in California

Maury Blackman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

A California version of the highly acclaimed U.S. Digital Service just took a big leap forward. In its recently released report, the Little Hoover Commission has called on elected officials in Sacramento to create a local version of the federal program in the form of a new California Digital Service.

Bad Technology Is Failing Good People -- But That's Changing

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.05.2015 | Technology

The software people must use to register for food stamps should be just as user-friendly as ordering a car through Uber. Today, it’s not, but th...

Wikileaks Founder Defends Publishing CIA Director's Private Email

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.30.2015 | Technology

MEXICO CITY -- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange defended his decision to post the unredacted personal emails of Central Intelligence Agency Director ...

Mexico Misses Opportunity To Address Corruption And Press Freedom

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

MEXICO CITY -- When President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke at a global conference on open government Wednesday morning, he could have address...

Keeping the Open Government Partnership Vital, Innovative and True to its Founding Principles

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

We of course can't be satisfied just growing OGP and growing the model. We've got to keep this organization fluid and vibrant and responsive to what citizens are asking for around the world.

45 Ways The U.S. Could Make Government More Open, If It Tried

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.27.2015 | Technology

Trying to sell a polarized, mistrustful public on a plan to make the federal government more open, collaborative and participatory is a brutal challen...

The Open Data Charter: A Roadmap for Using a Global Resource

Joel Gurin | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Joel Gurin

The Charter is a watershed moment for a global movement that has been pushing governments to make more data more open in better ways. Open data is essential to government accountability: It enables citizens to scrutinize the workings of government, ask questions, and take action.

The Biggest Hack At The Congressional Hackathon Is Bipartisan Comity

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.23.2015 | Technology

Four years after the First Congressional Hackathon took place in Washington, D.C., the most impressive "hack" Friday was a showing of bipartisanship ...

Government Websites Are About To Get A Lot Less Confusing And Hideous

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.29.2015 | Technology

Today, many government websites are hard on the eyes and confusing to navigate, but that might be about to change. New design standards&nbs...

Data On Canada Is Drying Up Since The Nation Scrapped Its Mandatory Long-Form Census

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.03.2015 | World

Five years ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made participation in Canada's constitutionally mandated long-form census voluntary. ...

A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for the White House to Unlock

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.04.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

This fall, the Administration is developing new ideas for the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan -- an international commitment to transparency and openness -- and making federally funded educational resources open to the public should be on the list.

White House Responds To Remaining 'We The People' E-Petitions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

The White House responded on Tuesday to all of the unanswered online petitions that have met the minimum requirement of 100,000 signatures on its... Makes It Easier To Email Your Representatives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.16.2015 | Technology

In 2015, emailing your U.S. representative and senators is still far harder than it should be. The appropriately titled was designed...

Journalists Want Transparency, But Not Right Away

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all ...

A License for Civic Engagement: Cutting Red Tape and Kick-Starting Business

Maury Blackman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Maury Blackman

The score of recent decisions from Washington, D.C., certainly offered millions of Americans much to celebrate this 4th of July. But amidst the flurry of breaking news, one announcement that you may have missed has the potential to transform our relationship with local government, not to mention reduce migraines.

With 'Release To One, Release to All,' U.S. Pilots New Freedom Of Information Policy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

A week after the 49th birthday of one of the most important open government laws in United States history, the federal government has quietly ann...

Federal Election Commission Shows How To Disclose Data In A Digital Democracy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security showed how to deploy government technology poorly. Now, the Federal Election Commission...

Alexander Howard

U.S. House of Representatives Allows Use Of Open Source Software | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.29.2015 | Technology

As the executive branch of the United States government quietly works on creating an official open source policy, the legislative branch is also movin...

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...

Alexander Howard

DataViva Is Bringing Brazil's Data To Life | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.19.2015 | Technology

Governments around the world have released more than a million open data sets over the last decade. This information has helped fuel job creation and ...

Tim O'Reilly: Changing the World by Spreading the Knowledge of Innovators

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The combination of innovative technology and new business models underlie the most exciting developments coming out of start-ups and large organizations, and the innovators creating these disruptions have influence that extends into the global economy.

See How New Google-like Tool Empowers Advocacy Orgs

Sam Blakeslee | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Sam Blakeslee

Think of it as a searchable, sharable video engine for California government. It's like C-SPAN, Google, and Facebook for politics all rolled into one. Too often well-financed groups have the inside track in Sacramento for funding and policy. Thanks to students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at Cal Poly, this has changed.