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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.

Open Government Isn't Just a Talking Point

Alex Torpey | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Alex Torpey

Everyone supports "open government." And it seems, these days, that most elected officials enjoy talking about how they support open government and transparency. But how many of us are really doing everything we can to do so?

Air Force Still Not Opening Up About F-22 Safety Problems

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

After years of looking into the F-22's pilot disorientation problems, the Air Force has announced that it has everything under control. According to some defense experts, however, the Air Force still has a long way to go in proving its investigation is complete, reliable and transparent.

The Evolving Role of the Federal CIO

Steve Ressler | Posted 09.22.2012 | Technology
Steve Ressler

It seems like talk about cloud computing is inescapable for even the average citizen these days. But what about those people whose jobs are inextricab...

Fast and Furious? More Like Slow and Painful

Danielle Brian | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

Partisanship torpedoes the credibility of even legitimate investigations in the eyes of all but the similarly partisan.

Nate Willis

Bipartisan Duo Calls For Public Access To Hidden Reports | Nate Willis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan congressional duo is calling for the American public to be given access to the same information that members of Congress ha...

Five Apps to Make NYC Greener: Built in a Weekend

Rachel Sterne | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

Can an app make New York City greener? It can if it influences the little decisions that New Yorkers make every day -- things like recycling a bottle instead of throwing it in the trash, or biking to work instead of driving.

SASC Marks Up the Defense Budget in the Dark

Danielle Brian | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Danielle Brian

It's hard to think of a bill that merits more public scrutiny than the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Launches New Open Government Website

Alexander Howard | Posted 08.04.2012 | New York
Alexander Howard

Last week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched, a new website that his office touts as a means for "voters, the media and government watchdogs to hold state government accountable."

In Colorado, Open Records Law Can Be a Weapon Against Transparency

Luis Toro | Posted 08.01.2012 | Denver
Luis Toro

Coloradans have allowed our state's aversion to taxation to trump our desire for open government, while government lawyers have figured out how to put citizens seeking public records on the defensive.

US CTO Looks to Scale Agile Thinking and Open Data to Improve Citizen-Centric Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In the 21st century, federal government must go mobile, putting government services and information at the fingertips of citizens, said United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park in a wide-ranging interview this week.

Animosity 2.0: The Open Government Insurgency vs. The White House Correspondents Dinner Establishment

Mark Drapeau | Posted 07.09.2012 | Media
Mark Drapeau

Mainstream media, politicians, and celebrities are easy scapegoats for a relatively small open government community that is in reality quite insular.

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2012 Preview

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2012 is here. Gov 2.0 and Open Government are blossoming around the world, as evidenced by the historic gathering this week in Brazil of the Open Government Partnership.

The Age of Open Is Upon Us

Jorge Hage | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Jorge Hage

The open government movement is indicative of the pressures imposed on us by the post-recessionary world. Opening up government data sources increases the bang of each taxpayer buck and creates new commercial opportunities for businesses.

Is the White House Hiding the Influence of Special Interests on Crafting Regulations?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Senior government officials are ignoring a White House directive that requires disclosure of key documents in the federal rulemaking process, thus hiding the potential influence of special interests on the writing of government regulations.

Code for America Meets Austin

Joe Merante | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology
Joe Merante

Whether defined in terms of software, data, or overall transparency, it's clear that Austin, Texas has embraced citizens' expectations of open government.

With New Funding and Fellows, Code for America Looks to Scale Civic Innovation Across the Country

Alexander Howard | Posted 04.25.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Given the economic pressures and challenges that confront hundreds of millions of Americans, the need for a killer civic "app for that" may never have been greater.

The Heartbeat of Bogotá: Engaging the Population of a City to Reinvent Itself for the Digital Age

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Don Tapscott

Around the world our cities are in desperate need of rejuvenation and transformation. Elected officials are scrambling to equip their cities for the 21st century, talking about creating "open," "networked," and "smart" cities.

NYC's Digital Roadmap: 2011 in Review

Rachel Sterne | Posted 03.13.2012 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In July 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Katherine Oliver announced that the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment would include NYC Digital. Last January, NYC Digital launched and we hit the ground running.

Apps for Entrepreneurs Looks to Accelerate Startups With Open Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Over the last year, agencies have been trying to crowdsource their way out of problems. Now, the Small Business Administration is trying the mechanism.