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We Need an Affirmative Vision for Congress

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 10.16.2014 | 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.

Open Government: Building Trust and Civic Engagement

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.27.2014 | San Francisco
Gavin Newsom

Cities and states are now the driving force in a national movement to harness technology to share a wealth of government information and data. Many forward thinking local governments now provide effective tools to the public to make sense of all this data.

Looping Government Into the Innovation Economy: Five Rules for Getting San Jose Back on Track

Sam Liccardo | Posted 05.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

Our economy is innovating faster than ever. So why not government? Here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, we understand innovation. The technological innovations created in our region have increased productivity and improved the quality of life of people around the world.

Top 5 Goals For Open Government In 2014

Charlie Firestone | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Charlie Firestone

The year 2014 presents open government advocates with a large agenda and an opportunity to make significant progress in this emerging and important field.

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.

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

In Wake of Snowden, US Must Strengthen Commitment to Openness

Danielle Brian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Danielle Brian

On Thursday, the White House released a preview of its second National Action Plan for the international Open Government Partnership. The plan is silent on the critical reforms needed to address some of the most troubling areas of secrecy.

8 Lessons From Reinventing NYC.gov

Rachel Sterne | Posted 12.15.2013 | New York
Rachel Sterne

Mayor Mike Bloomberg recently unveiled the newly relaunched nyc.gov, the official website for the biggest city in the country. This was the site's first redesign in a decade, and the new user experience is unlike any other government website out there. This was our goal.

Radley Balko

How Government Secrecy Undermines Government's Ability To Keep Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

Edward Snowden's leaks about National Security Administration monitoring Internet activity and the collection of metadata from cell phone calls are th...

News Genius and Our Schools: A New Model of Open Government

News Genius | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
News Genius

The Springboro Board of Education angered local residents after posting contract proposals in the midst of negotiations with the teacher's union, but another recent event has overshadowed the efforts of the president and other members of the board to privatize Springboro schools.

Liberating the Law for a Modern Maryland

Seamus Kraft | Posted 07.16.2013 | DC
Seamus Kraft

It's time American law caught up with how Americans communicate, learn and live today. Putting the open law back on the side -- and at the fingertips -- of We the People is a good start.

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.

Russian Bloggers Expose Corruption, One Top Official at a Time

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Oleg Kozlovsky

While the fact that many officials routinely violate laws and accumulate illegal wealth is common knowledge in Russia, it was only after the anti-Putin (and inherently anti-corruption) protests erupted in December 2011 that people started actually doing something about it.

Exit Interview: Alec Ross on Internet Freedom, Innovation and Digital Diplomacy

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Given the increasing penetration of technology into the lives of billions of people around the world, context for how we think about intersection of diplomacy and civil society is shifting. No one has been more central to that discussion than Alec J. Ross.

Obama Made 'Baby Steps' Toward Government Openness

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration made "baby steps" over the past two years toward government transparency and accountability, according to a study released Tu...

The Most Open Country In The World

The Huffington Post | Ryan Craggs | Posted 02.17.2013 | World

Fabled Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said, "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." If that is in fact the case, then the wo...

Has Obama Kept His Promises?

ProPublica | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

By Jennifer LaFleur ProPublica, Feb. 11, 2013, 7 a.m. After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, ope...

New York City Forges Ahead Digitally: 2012 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 04.09.2013 | New York
Rachel Sterne

New York City's digital future is brighter than ever, thanks to landmark advances over the past year in Internet access, education, open data, engagem...

Nursing Transparency in Former Soviet Republics

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Kenneth F. Bunting

In this email response to the director of a freedom of information NGO in the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kldiashvili, civic-minded and engaged Americans may see little that is new to them. But, perhaps, it will serve as a reminder about the derivation of some of our precious freedoms.

The Jindal End Run: 'E' in 'Email' Should Not Stand for 'Evasion'

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 02.19.2013 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

To avoid possible disclosure, Jindal's top advisors used personal email accounts while devising a communications strategy regarding hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts.

The Bottom Line: U.S. Fisheries and Us

Lee Crockett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green
Lee Crockett

NOAA should withdraw this flawed proposal and work to create one that will improve public access to fisheries information so that our oceans can be managed effectively.

How to Sabotage California's Freedom of Information Law

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

If enforcing rights to public records carries with it a risk of having to pay the government's legal fees and costs, the California Public Records Act will be a dead letter.

New Podcast: Just How Secret Is the Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

One promising development this year was the disclosure of the intelligence budget, a figure that had never been available before.