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Today in #OpenGov: Where radical transparency & privacy collide
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/28/today-in-opengov-where-radical-transparency-and-privacy-collide/

Sunlight commented today on the leak of email and private data from the Democratic National Committee. As with other leaked or even stolen documents, there is public interest value in the content. That value can and should, however, have been realized by verifying and reporting it out without publishing private data on the internet.Over-reaction to massive databases of hacked materials by governments has the potential to lead to regulatory and technical censorship that damages freedom of expression and journalism globally. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/28/on-weaponized-transparency/
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Alexander Howard
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[NEW] Today in OpenGov; Hackers ahead, Captain. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/26/today-in-opengov-hackers-ahead/

In this issue: civic tech, open data, press freedom and much more.
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Alexander Howard
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Today in #OpenGov: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/20/today-in-opengov-analyzing-the-state-of-cities-bulk-data/ Analyzing the state of cities' open data, more features on the FEC's beta website, a table from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and much more.
[FIGURE: Comparing U.S cities' population size and bulk data access] STATE OF THE STATES: Sunlight's Richard Yarrow dug into the U.S. Open Data Census and came up with an insight: open data indicators frequently are correlated with the population of a municipality.
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Alexander Howard
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The White House guidance on open government plans by the US CIO and US CTO asks the right questions for agencies to answer by September 16, 2016.. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/15/white-house-advisory-on-open-government-asks-the-right-questions/

More than six years on from the Open Government Directive, the specificity of what “open government” means in the federal government in 2016 can been meaningfully explored through the prism of these questions.

Consider the topics that the guidance directs agencies to explore: Open data. Proactive disclosures. Privacy. Whistleblower protection. Websites. Open innovation methods. Access to scientific data and publications. Open source software. Spending information and the DATA Act. Participation in transparency initiatives. Public notice. Records management. Freedom of Information Act requests. Congressional requests. Declassification. Public participation and collaboration. A “Flagship Initiative” and /open webpages.

While the president’s pledge to run the “most transparent government in history” has proven to be both controversial and difficult to achieve, we expect to see an accounting result from this guidance that will not only inform about what has been done in their name but provide a foundation for continued efforts in the next administration.
The 2016 White House memorandum on open government plans. (Image credit: White House) On Thursday, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy published its long-awaited guidance for federal agencies to comply with President Barack Obama’s 2009 Open Government Directive. The ...
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Alexander Howard
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[NEW] Governments should use public records demand to drive open data disclosures. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/14/governments-should-use-foia-demand-to-drive-open-data-disclosure/ Neither the Freedom of Information Act nor state public records laws were designed nor intended to be public subsidy for commercial interests. They were enacted to give the public a right to know what government was doing. Research shows, however, the businesses are using public records laws to request data again and again, repackaging it and reselling it. The solution to this reality is not to start charging them, however, but to systematically identify the categories of data and individual data sets they're asking for, structure them and proactively publish them online, freeing up resources to address the more complex requests that media make in the service of informing the public.
Miriam Nisbet, former director of the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives, testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in July 2016. (Photo credit: Alex Howard/Twitter) Now that we have achieved Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reforms in the United States, it's critical that we use what ...
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Alexander Howard
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Melissa Yeager and yours truly: "There should be multiple pool cameras on the floor of the House and Senate that are controlled by an independent body that provide a live feed of all action by members of Congress to C-SPAN viewers as well as visitors of House.gov and Senate.gov. In the 21st century, as we have said many times, public means online."


Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., livestreamed events on the House floor, which was picked up by C-SPAN. (Image credit: C-SPAN) In the year 2016, the American people generally expect that they should be able to monitor what's occurring in the House of Representatives or Senate, whether those events happen before or ...
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Jamie Berryhill

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Today, the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) launched a Call for Public Innovations (http://oe.cd/1pg/) to identify creative and impactful innovations in national-level government programs that have improved the lives of citizens and civil servants. Ten of these examples will be published as case studies to help public officials from around the world improve their own programs and initiatives. The innovators behind these cases will be sponsored to showcase their work in Dubai at the 2017 World Government Summit--the largest annual gathering in the world focused on shaping the future of governments through innovative practices (https://worldgovernmentsummit.org/). Please submit your innovations by the end of July!
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Alexander Howard
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"When it comes to the United States Supreme Court and the world of campaign finance and corruption, we are often confronted with the law as it is and the law as it should be. There’s an interpretation of law according to the court, and how it plays out in the real world. The reporting of Adam Liptak in The New York Times was prophetic: On Monday, the highest court in the land issued a unanimous decision that vacated former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s conviction for corruption.

The Economist wrote in April that the Supreme Court was inclined to loosen bribery rules; Jeffrey Toobin wrote that it was getting ready to legalize corruption. This may have felt like hyperbole, and yet here we are. The public knows that there’s no such thing as a free Rolex. The highest court in the land has unfortunately decided otherwise.

The broader import of the Supreme Court’s judgment, however, goes far beyond the case of the McDonnells, who could be tried again. By narrowly defining what an official act is and raising the standard of evidence required for a conviction, this decision will erode the ability of prosecutors across the United States to make corruption cases stick in court."
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/06/28/supreme-court-decision-on-mcdonnell-opens-worrying-new-horizons-for-corruption/
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, pictured in a Ferrari. (Photo credit: Department of Justice) When it comes to the United States Supreme Court and the world of campaign finance and corruption, we are often confronted with the law as it is and the law as it ...
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Alexander Howard
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Alexander Howard
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My report back from the 2016 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/06/22/congress-commits-to-making-deliberative-decisions-more-transparent-online/ There is important, good news to amplify.
House Speaker Paul Ryan at LDTC 2016. (Photo credit: Alex Howard/Sunlight Foundation) Yesterday at the 2016 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stood up and congratulated all of the people who have been working to open up the legislative branch of the United States to ...
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C Allen

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Hi,
I've been working on sort of a activism-type project, with a FOIA component. It basically encourages people to use the FOIA process to increase government accountability. The idea is to get more people to use the process and tell people about their results. As they proceed through the process they can copy a digital 'Medallion'  to their social media to let other people know what they've accomplished.
There are also Medallions for other things that encourages personal responsibility and liberty.
Anyway, the FOIA portion can be found here.
https://roguesmedallion.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/FOIA
Would be very interested to hear any comments, criticisms, and suggestions.
Thanks.
-Carl.
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Alexander Howard
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Almost 3000 folks are in this community (2829 to be precise) but there's very little posting or conversation going on. Are you listening? Are you hearing what you need or want to know? Are you just not logging on to Google+ frequently?
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Alexander Howard
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The Freedom of Information Act as occupied quite a bit of my first four months at Sunlight. No change today.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/21/today-in-opengov-foia-delays-denials-dismissals-head-to-committee/
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Alexander Howard
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Today in #OpenGov: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/18/today-in-opengov-google-makes-it-easier-than-ever-to-register-to-vote/ Google​ makes it easier to register online, transparency and the RNC, Congress.gov downtime reminds us of the importance of open data, and much more.
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Alexander Howard
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The research that the CRS provides to Congress using taxpayers dollars is a valuable resource that would lead to a more informed public. We reject specious arguments that publishing these reports online would slow the information getting to members of Congress, and strongly urge the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to make the research open to all. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/14/opening-congressional-research-service-reports-to-the-public-is-in-the-public-interest/
The main reading room inside the Library of Congress, which houses the Congressional Research Service. (Photo credit: Architect of the Capitol/Flickr) Today, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., reintroduced the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, a bipartisan bill that would make all reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) freely available ...
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Alexander Howard
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The +Sunlight Foundation is hiring, and it's for a big role. If you know someone who could be our next executive director, please send him or her our way. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/08/sunlight-is-seeking-candidates-for-executive-director/
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Alexander Howard
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5 big questions for digital government that go beyond the political furor today over the FBI's conclusion of its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while in office.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/07/05/as-fbi-concludes-clinton-email-investigation-larger-questions-linger/
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Alexander Howard
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President Obama is signing much-needed reforms to the Freedom of Information Act into law at 4 PM today. https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/06/30/in-a-victory-for-open-government-president-obama-signs-foia-reform-into-law/

As we've written before, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 is the result of years of work by advocates in Washington.

It is neither as strong nor as flawed a bill as it might have been, but codifying a “presumption of openness" for disclosing government records to the public is unquestionably a step forward for the United States. It's also a rare, welcome example of bicameral bipartisanship in a Congress notable for polarization, as well as an important victory for transparency in a city that needs it.
We commend President Obama for signing crucial FOIA reforms into law. Above, Obama signs legislation on Jan. 4, 2011. (Photo credit: Official White House Photo/Flickr) Today, we are celebrating President Barack Obama signing much-needed reforms to the Freedom of Information Act into law, just in time for the 50th birthday ...
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Pluracracy.

Pluracracy [plu-ra-cracy] \plu̇-räk-krə-sē\
Latin 'plur-' (more, or group) + Greek '-kratia' (power, rule).
'Pluracracy' - 'group rule’

Pluracracy: noun; a system where groups have the power in government instead of individuals.
Which way a group will vote counts more to a politician than which way an individual will vote.

Pluracracy is when politicians cater to groups instead of individuals. Policy is based on 'group needs.' The upside is a politician (or official) can serve large amounts of people's needs by talking to a few key people. The downside is some people misrepresent that they represent large amounts of people and / or concerns (using a letterhead, a website and a home office to make themselves appear like a large group).

Pluracracy used in a sentence: “In today's political arena... we live in a pluracracy instead of a democracy... politicians cater to groups for support; more than trying to get the 'individual citizen's' vote.”

("I heard this term in the 1990s when I was involved in politics" - Evan Brady McNeeley, submitter).

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BLcMFYgBMD-upfW4fV5srn4064Iv0McLzwbPIcRYAo4/edit?usp=sharing

#politics #government #publicservice #politicalterms  #politicaljargon #newspeak 
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Alexander Howard
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[NEW] 7 Ways to Make the Freedom of Information Act Better http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/06/24/7-ideas-to-make-the-freedom-of-information-act-better/

Even if the Obama administration has not lived up to the standard set in rhetoric, the next White House will have to do so. Here’s a some ideas to improve FOIA that don’t require more legislation, along with some that probably will.
A heavily redacted FOIA request. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) When Sunlight signed onto the 50 Days of FOIA campaign, we expected to be adding our voice and ideas to those of dozens of other open government allies pushing for Congress to pass legislative reforms to the Freedom of Information Act ...
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