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Open Government

A Presidential Priority: Unleashing Open Data

Joel Gurin | Posted 07.21.2016 | Technology
Joel Gurin

The next administration's task will be to solidify the gains that have already been made, shape a new vision for a data-driven democracy, and ensure that the leadership and resources are there to make that vision a reality.

House Panel Votes To Keep Congressional Reports Private

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

In a blow to congressional transparency, the House Appropriations Committee voted against publicly releasing highly informative, taxpayer-funded repor...

How 1500+ Organizations Are Using Public Information Across Every Sector and Continent

Laura Manley | Posted 07.15.2016 | Technology
Laura Manley

Co-Authored by Audrey Ariss, Director of Research and Design, Center for Open Data Enterprise Open data - free, publicly available data - is being le...

The Biggest Hope for Ending Corruption Is Open Public Contracting

Gavin Hayman | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Gavin Hayman

The future of government contracting is open. Paper-based, fraud-prone systems make precarious foundations for a 21st century economy.

OGP: Shaping an African agenda on open government reform

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a bold initiative between governments and civil society organizations that seeks to make governments more ope...

Why Congress Should Co-Work

John W. McCarthy | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
John W. McCarthy

Both Congress and the tech community can learn a thing or two from each other. Taking a page from innovative industries can radically transform the way elected officials represent their constituencies and change the way policy gets made.

The Government's Battle Against Opioid Addiction Is Important. It's Also Wasteful.

Anthony Bellotti | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Anthony Bellotti

You'd have to be living under a rock to think opioid addiction is anything less than a public health crisis in America--a problem that's reaching truly epidemic proportions, ravaging lives across the country.

In 2015, the government set a new record for censoring documents requested by the public

Max Galka | Posted 04.12.2016 | Media
Max Galka

Since 2008, a growing share documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act arrive with portions withheld or erased. Which government agen...

What You Need to Know About Shell Companies and Corruption in the Wake of the Panama Papers

Hera Hussain | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Hera Hussain

On Sunday, the Internet experienced a meltdown of a different kind. With an unprecedented 2.6 terabytes of data, or 11.5 million confidential documents leaked from a popular Panamanian corporate service provider,  there is now an impressive amount of investigation going on.

Open Data Roundtables: Using Government Data as a National Resource

Joel Gurin | Posted 03.24.2016 | Technology
Joel Gurin

These Roundtables are being held at a time when new uses for government data are being developed almost daily. New and established businesses are finding novel ways to use data on weather, finance, demographics, energy, and more.

John Roberts Says He Should’ve ‘Paid That Bill’ After Lights Go Out At Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the middle of oral arguments on Tuesday, the lights suddenly went out in the marble courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court. "I knew we s...

Americans Still Have To Beg The Supreme Court For Audio Of Hearings

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

Since Bush v. Gore decided the 2000 election, the U.S. Supreme Court has made available, on an inconsistent basis, expedited audio of some of its most...

"Leaders," Keeping Secrets

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Hillary, Rahm, Snyder, Walker -- the list goes on.

This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to ...

Twitter Reverses Stance On Archiving Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology

Twitter reached an agreement on Thursday with two transparency-focused organizations, Sunlight Foundation and the Open State Foundation, that will all...

"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 there...

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 J...

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 addressed Mexico's ...

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.