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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 NYOpenGovernment.com, a new website that his office touts as a means for "voters, the media and government watchdogs to hold state government accountable."

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.

Choosing the TEDMED 20 Great Challenges of Health Care

Rosina Samadani | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Rosina Samadani

Next week, 1,200 innovators, entrepreneurs, industry and government stakeholders, artists, and health care practitioners will attend the annual TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C.

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.

International Data Journalism Awards Recognize a Crucial Field

Alexander Howard | Posted 04.09.2012 | Technology
Alexander Howard

The growing importance of data journalism will be recognized in the first ever international Data Journalism Awards.

Big Pharma Is Innovating With Social Media -- Really

Rosina Samadani | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Rosina Samadani

When big pharma leverages technology, open data and social media to develop innovative patient-facing apps, it's a win to the fourth power.

Open Government Data: Not Just Good Policy, But Economically Sound

W. David Stephenson | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
W. David Stephenson

It's time for those on both the right and left concerned about the cost and efficiency of government to join in: opening up data makes hard economic sense as well.

Open Data for Real People

Patti Prairie | Posted 01.17.2012 | Technology
Patti Prairie

Why, when the app industry is booming with new demand and innovation, are open data providers seeing much lower uptake than anticipated?

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.

Open Government Data Earns Bipartisan Congressional Support in Washington

Alexander Howard | Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

As these efforts go forward, it will be up to the media, businesses, nonprofits, watchdogs and, of course, citizens to hold them accountable for actions taken, not just rhetoric.

Good Government Through the Looking Glass: Transparency and Accountability

Toni Preckwinkle | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago
Toni Preckwinkle

Last week was the launch of Cook County's new Open Data website. The website makes an unprecedented amount of County information available to the public, all available with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Cook County Is Opening Its File Cabinets; Are You Looking Inside?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

The much-anticipated Cook County redesigned open data website was launched last week -- let the floodgate of citizen activism begin.

USAID Goes FWD With Open Data and Open Government for Famine Aid

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.19.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today at Mashable's Social Good Summit, Dr. Raj Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch ...

Progress and Setbacks for Open Government on Eve of Historic Global Partnership Launch

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.18.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

In 2011, some of the most dynamic changes may be found the state and local level in the United States. After next week, the eyes of many more people will be open to the broader sweep of a global movement towards transparency.

As Newsprint Fades, Can Websites Sustainably Fill the Information Needs of Citizens?

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.31.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

If states are the laboratories for democracy, as Thomas Jefferson famously said, towns and cities may be the Petri dishes that stress test the vitality of different species of online hubs.

Congress Weighs Deep Cuts to Funding for Federal Open Government Data Platforms

Alexander Howard | Posted 06.01.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Data.gov, IT.USASpending.gov, and other five other websites that offer platforms for open government transparency are facing imminent closure.

Why Cutting E-Gov Funding Threatens American Jobs

Beth Simone Noveck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Simone Noveck

By making government data available through E-Gov programs, public officials can then reach outside of government for creative answers to tough problems, which, in turn can save money.

Learning From Japan's Disaster

Mark Belinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Belinsky

Citizens can build on that information to do everything possible to stop inevitable disasters from having such devastating effects on our communities.

Transit data drives economic engine for open government

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today in New York City, the attendees of TransportationCamp will look for ways to build a better to and fro. Technologists, trains fans, government ...

HHS Launches Health.Data.gov to Share Open Health Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Last October, Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced HealthData.gov at the HealthCamp ...

A Real Healthcare Reform: Data

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Gagnier

As the vote in the Senate to repeal the healthcare reform law failed, Silicon Valley played host to a discussion on real innovation for our healthcare system: the powerful potential of data.

Tim Berners-Lee Says WikiLeaks Is Not Open Government Data

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Earlier this week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, expressed his views on WikiLeaks, putting himself inline with President Obama as to what constitutes open government.

First International Open Government Data Conference Features the Power of Platforms

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Is sunlight the best disinfectant, as Supreme Court Justice Brandeis famously said? This week in Washington, D.C., hundreds of experts have come toge...

World Development Report 2011 Launches New Website

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict & Development Blog on October 14, 2010. Esabel Khoury co-authored this post. After months ...

Federal CTO Makes the Case for Open Government and Innovation

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Aneesh Chopra makes sure that the technology, data and innovation aspects of any given policy that comes before the president are thought through and are considered in a little more aggressive way.