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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?