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If you're going to propose reforms or changes to a key transparency law, this is not the way to do it. In a new post, John Wonderlich and I call attention to a new effort in Congress to change how the Government in the Sunshine Act applies to the Federal Trade Commission:
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/23/congress-considers-rolling-back-sunshine-act/
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I saw self-scanner units in Giant today, so I went and read up on them in Ad Age: http://adage.com/article/dataworks/stores-weigh-risks-rewards-mobile/244970/c & The Wall Street Journal:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703421204576329253050637400 I gather adoption is low (15% of shoppers?). The odds that smartphone apps replace them seem good.
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They tried this here and the scanners were always in disrepair or completely stolen.I'd say within 3 months of installing them, no one even tried to use them anymore, and they finally gave up the entire concept.
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The U.S. Department of the Interior should honor the intent of Congress and answer requests from the Office of Government Information Services to media disputed Freedom of Information Act requests. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/19/the-interior-department-should-honor-congress-intentions-on-foia-mediation/
According to a letter published by the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the U.S. Department of the Interior is effectively ignoring six attempts by the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman to mediate FOIA requests dating back to February 2015. In doing so, Interior is honoring neither the ...
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Seven years ago, Sunlight's founding executive director, Ellen Miller, wrote that opening up Congressional Research Service (CRS( reports "is an easy transparency reform that boggles the mind as to why it has not yet been done." Sadly, that remains true today.

As Matt Fuller reported, "at a time when highly informed voters might seem like a good thing, the Appropriations Committee voted down, 18-32, an amendment from Reps. Mike Quigely (D-Ill.) and Scott Rigell (R-Va.) that would have made it easier for the public to access Congressional Research Service reports."

The Sunlight Foundation has called for public access to publicly funded research for years. We're not going to stop.. https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/18/today-in-opengov-congress-misses-opportunity-to-open-crs-reports-to-the-public-again/
CLOSED CRS: Seven years ago, Sunlight's founding executive director, Ellen Miller, wrote that opening up the Congressional Research Service
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Good morning from DC! What are you working on today? I'm looking forward to a busy week ahead at the +Sunlight Foundation
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+Virginia Ballentos We work on making governments more open and transparent through technology. I wish you good fortune in your efforts to help others.
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If you're going to propose reforms or changes to a key transparency law, this is not the way to do it. In a new post, John Wonderlich and I call attention to a new effort in Congress to change how the Government in the Sunshine Act applies to the Federal Trade Commission:
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/23/congress-considers-rolling-back-sunshine-act/
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A 2016 experience with a blown tire is rather different than it was 1996.

After I determined that I couldn't get the flat off, we used Google Maps on a smartphone to get our location, called GEICO, and then sent our car to garage on a flat bed truck. Driver was fast, helpful and professional.

Then I called a Uber, installed our car seat, and we're now home safe and sound, all parties and groceries accounted for, with afternoon to spare.
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They do, but there's no way I'd drive with a tire this flat.
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The U.S. Department of the Interior should honor the intent of Congress and answer requests from the Office of Government Information Services to media disputed Freedom of Information Act requests. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/19/the-interior-department-should-honor-congress-intentions-on-foia-mediation/
According to a letter published by the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the U.S. Department of the Interior is effectively ignoring six attempts by the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Ombudsman to mediate FOIA requests dating back to February 2015. In doing so, Interior is honoring neither the ...
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Seven years ago, Sunlight's founding executive director, Ellen Miller, wrote that opening up Congressional Research Service (CRS( reports "is an easy transparency reform that boggles the mind as to why it has not yet been done." Sadly, that remains true today.

As Matt Fuller reported, "at a time when highly informed voters might seem like a good thing, the Appropriations Committee voted down, 18-32, an amendment from Reps. Mike Quigely (D-Ill.) and Scott Rigell (R-Va.) that would have made it easier for the public to access Congressional Research Service reports."

The Sunlight Foundation has called for public access to publicly funded research for years. We're not going to stop.. https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/18/today-in-opengov-congress-misses-opportunity-to-open-crs-reports-to-the-public-again/
CLOSED CRS: Seven years ago, Sunlight's founding executive director, Ellen Miller, wrote that opening up the Congressional Research Service
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This story in New York City is a terrific example of what can happen when policy, technology, political will, external capacity and responsive government co-exist. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/05/11/today-in-opengov-iquant-shows-why-open-data-matters-in-new-york/
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I'm a writer and editor, focused upon how shifts in technology are changing journalism, government and society.

From January 2014 to May 2015,  I contributed a weekly column to TechRepublic, a division of CBS Interactive. From August 2013 to May 2014, I was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where I collaborated on research and the past, present and future of data-driven journalism. In 2013, I was also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010 to 2013, I was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where I covered the voices, technologies and issues that are changing government, technology and society. Prior to joining O’Reilly, I was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where I wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and cybersecurity. 

Along with my correspondence for the O'Reilly Radar, I have contributed to the National Journal, Forbes, Slate, the Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, CBS News' What's Trending, Govloop, Governing People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and the Atlantic, amongst others. I have appeared multiple times as an on-air analyst for Al Jazeera English and a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, along with commentary for NPR's All Things Considered and other public radio shows.

I've been a speaker and moderator at conferences in Washington and beyond, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Alfred University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NIST, Club de Madrid, Cato Institute, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the Social Security Agency, the U.S. National Archives, the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, and the State of the Net, the Open Government Partnership Annual Conference, In 2011, I was visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute.

I'm a native of upstate New York, where I was born on a farm in a county that had more deer than humans. At age 8, I moved to Philadelphia and spent a decade growing up in one of America's great cities, attending Germantown Friends School until 1994. I graduated from Colby College four years later, with a bachelor of arts degree in biology (and a minor in sociology), and then enjoyed living in New England for another decade in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge. 

I'd describe myself as a geeky outdoorsman, cyclist, angler and photographer. I'm an unabashed fan of great science fiction and fantasy books, movies and games. I currently live in Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia with my wife, daughter and a growing number of pots, pans and houseplants. When I'm not working or parenting, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, ambitious cooking and good books. 

You can find me online at E Pluribus Unum | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Linkedin | Wordpress | YouTube 

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  • The Huffington Post
    Senior Editor, Technology and Society, 2015 - 2016
  • TechRepublic, CBS Interactive
    Columnist, 2014 - 2015
  • Columbia University
    Fellow, 2013 - 2014
    Collaborated on research into data-driven journalism at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School.
  • Harvard University
    Research Fellow, 2013 - 2013
    Collaborated on research at the Transparency Policy Project of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
  • O'Reilly Media
    Washington Correspondent, 2010 - 2013
  • TechTarget
    Associate Editor, present
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  • Sunlight Foundation
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Daimler Acquires Uber Rival RideScout
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Daimler is making a bet on the ride-sharing economy, a day after Germany slapped a country-wide ban on Uber Technologies.

The 'right to record' is not a question of technology, but rather power ...
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The "right to record" will gain even more attention as smartphones, wearables, and social media usage increases. Alex Howard believes this w

The Internet's Original Sin
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It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model we have and build the web we want.

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Remixes from around the world show that what brings us together is more important than what divides us.

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OpenID Connect is designed to replace username/password authentication. The protocol, in use by Google and others, may solve governments' ne

Supreme Court to rule on warrantless searches of electronic devices
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Cops want access, without warrants, to electronic devices of everybody arrested.

Data journalism only matters when it's transparent
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Data journalism only matters when it's transparent.

Publishers Can Afford Data Journalism, Says ProPublica's Scott Klein
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This story, by Alexander Howard / Tow Center …, appeared on Mediagazer.

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Forty-four years ago today, Denis Hayes convened the very first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States an

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The Central Intelligence Agency may have violated the Speech or Debate clause of the U.S. Constitution by performing an unauthorized search

Extremely critical crypto flaw in iOS may also affect fully patched Macs
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Coding blunder that exposed sensitive data may still be putting users at risk.