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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.

Open Data for California?

Maury Blackman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Technology
Maury Blackman

California is at a crossroads. Sacramento continues to get failing grades for transparency. Our state government is not taking advantage of tech tools developed locally that are changing the world.

COMMENTARY: Palin Criticism of Clinton Private Email Brings Back Memories

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Alaska Dispatch News

Upon hearing about Sarah Palin's recent Facebook post where she paints Hillary Clinton's use of private email accounts as shady and corrupt, I had to call my friend Zane Henning to get his take. As usual, we were both on the same page: Sarah Palin's hypocrisy knows no bounds.

3 Obstacles Preventing Government Agencies From Being Transparent and Efficient

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

The government needs to adopt user-friendly data tools that allow anyone to access, analyze and share information, both internally in the agency and externally with the public. Data is too important of a resource to be locked up behind archaic, monolithic systems.

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.

Congress Fails To Revise Government Records Law

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for greater openness in government were frustrated after Congress failed to update the Freedom of Information Act despit...

Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.08.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Darren Wilson is a Missouri cop whose deeds have been dissected endlessly in the court of public opinion. Sarah Markham is "Vegan Mom," a Florida parent whose 12-day old baby was taken into foster care by Florida's child protective services. The case barely registered a blip on the public radar.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Supreme Court Should Be More Transparent With Financial Disclosures

Mike Quigley | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Mike Quigley

The public has the right to know about any undertakings top public officials engage in that may influence how they conduct the people's business. Next year, I would encourage the Supreme Court to file their annual financial disclosure reports in a more open, consistent and timely manner.

We Need an Affirmative Vision for Congress

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We need to channel our frustration over Congress, and use our frustration to ask a more fundamental question: What would a strong, representative, effective Congress look like?

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...

Sunshine Week Has Come and Gone - Let's Have Real Sunshine in Government Spending

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Now, I am a huge proponent of transparency and accountability. But I think the organizers and funders of Sunshine Week are missing the biggest issue facing citizens with respect to transparency: where government funds are spent and what results are being achieved.