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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.

Bringing It All Back Home: An Example of How Open Government Tools Can Affect Everyday People and Public Policy

Danielle Brian | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Danielle Brian

Access to information is what allows us to ensure the government is doing its job protecting public health and safety -- from our drinking water to our investments.

Government-By-Anonymous-Officials

Karl Grossman | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media
Karl Grossman

The U.S. press has become increasingly accepting of officials speaking anonymously. Not identified by name, they can exaggerate and make claims they'd be reticent to make if they were personally identified.

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.

Sudden Onslaught of Gov 2.0 Sometimes Breeds Fear

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 11.18.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

My solution for fear based discussions about Gov 2.0? Look around. See all the successful implementations of open data, of social connectivity for Government and Citizens alike and see the results.

Moscow and Washington to Host Bilateral Open Government Codeathon for Civic Apps

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.11.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Innovations in democratic governance have been and likely always will be a global phenomenon. In less than two weeks, an unprecedented bilateral codeathon will further extend the reach and collaborative flavor of the open government movement.

International Open Government Partnership to Include at Least 22 Countries at Launch

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Alexander Howard

With just two weeks left before a historic announcement in New York City at the United Nations, the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) has expanded to include fourteen more countries.

To Stop Corruption, Fight the Power, Not the People

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.29.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and in a world where the gap between the powerful and powerless grows wider each day, corruption in political and economic institutions spreads much faster than shame.

Quinn Approves FOIA Amendments, Watchdog Group Not Pleased

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law Friday that gives government entities a longer time period to respond to requests for public records, despite...

Time for Sunshine in Sacramento

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Would you believe that, after the recent scandals in California around illegal compensation and government secrecy, the California legislature is keeping the budgets of legislators and legislative committees secret?

Why the Next Mayor Needs to Understand Open Government

Melissa Blaustein | Posted 09.20.2011 | San Francisco
Melissa Blaustein

Despite the fact that we live in a city that is home to Twitter, Yelp, Zynga and many other leading tech companies, our local government hasn't quite caught up with the private sector we serve.

Can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Enable Open Government by Design?

Alexander Howard | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

2011-07-21-heatmap.jpg The consumer bureau, a federal agency launching today, is open to new ideas about how help borrowers make informed decisions.

Alex Wagner

Obama White House (Quietly) Pushes Forward on Innovation

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Underscoring the raging debate over the size and scope of federal government is a broad national perception that the country's government is bloated, ...

Once Public, Now Private?

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 10.10.2011 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

It is well under the radar, but another important open government case may be making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Vivek Kundra, a Public Servant Who Gets Stuff Done

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Vivek Kundra, who's leaving his position as America's Chief Information Officer, will continue to serve the country as a joint fellow at the Kennedy School and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Open for Government: San Francisco Mayoral Candidates to Debate Tech and Transparency

Sarah Granger | Posted 08.16.2011 | Technology
Sarah Granger

San Francisco has been a leading city in efforts to open government through technology, data sharing and new media over the past few years, including ...

The Undercard No More -- Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza

Kyle Hillman | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Not only did new City Clerk Mendoza have a challenger candidate supported by the black community, she had the task of defending the importance of the position, as eliminating it became a talking point.

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.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

The Two Tribes of Open Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The federal government still has a long way to go. In the mean time, can't the two camps in the open government world peacefully coexist? There's just too much work to be done for us to get bogged down in denigrating each others' agendas.

White House: Plain Writing Is "Indispensible" for Open Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 06.20.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

For those who have tried to make sense of complex rulemaking, regulations, official announcements or directives, the change will be welcome. For the average citizen trying to comply with them, it's essential.

Government's Listening Opportunity

Steven VanRoekel | Posted 06.18.2011 | Technology
Steven VanRoekel

When our team set out to tackle the FCC.gov redesign -- the first in 10 years, and a monster project from any angle -- we asked ourselves a fundamental question: How do we transform the way citizens interact with their government online?

What's in a Name? Open Gov and Good Gov

Beth Simone Noveck | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Beth Simone Noveck

Putting the cabinet secretary's schedule up online does little to produce greater accountability or better government. At least there's no empirical evidence to suggest that it does.

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.