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On April 28, the leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary sent Gene L. Dodaro, the U.S. comptroller general, a letter requesting the General Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a comprehensive review of the federal government's compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/29/congress-requests-gao-investigation-into-federal-foia-shortcomings/
A redacted FOIA document. (Photo credit: opensourceway/Flickr) On April 28, the leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary sent Gene L. Dodaro, the U.S. comptroller general, a letter requesting the General Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a comprehensive review ...
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Alexander Howard
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The +Sunlight Foundation published its recommendations for The United States Department of Justice's next open government plan.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/22/sunlights-recommendations-for-the-justice-departments-next-plan-for-open-government/
The U.S. Department of Justice. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Justice/Flickr) The U.S. Department of Justice is entrusted with protecting the nation, enforcing the rights of the American people and ensuring fair, efficient and equitable justice under the law. Given that mission, the investment the Department makes implementing in the ...
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Alexander Howard
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[NEW] Today in Open Government http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/20/today-in-opengov-corruption-currents-pop-up-pacs-and-factivism/

Corruption currents, pop-up PACs & 'factivism'.
TOP STORY: Judge Thomas F. Hogan, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, rejected a legal challenge to rules that allow FBI agents working on domestic criminal cases to search email written by American citizens that was intercepted without a warrant in the context of collecting foreign intelligence. ...
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Alexander Howard
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[NEW] The latest edition of Today in Open Government is up: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/18/today-in-opengov-fec-delays-decision-on-foreign-political-money/ (Turns out DHS likes open source after all.)
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[Hot off the wordpresses] Today in Open Government: Welcome to the age of (open) data breach journalism? http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/11/today-in-opengov-welcome-to-the-age-of-open-data-breach-journalism/

The +Sunlight Foundation submitted comments on the U.S. government's draft open source software policy today. Here's the short version of what we posted on Github: We believe that making more of the software built by or for the federal government open source will improve how the federal government works and save agencies money.
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Alexander Howard
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The latest edition of "Today in Open Government" just went out -- and now it's going to live on the Sunlight Foundation​'s blog, too. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/04/08/today-in-opengov-vote-gov-homestat-and-panama-leaks-fallout-in-the-uk/ Please subscribe, share, comment and send me links!
President Obama urged viewers of American Idol to vote during the series finale of American Idol last night, suggesting that registering to vote should be as easy as voting on the show.
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#OGP subnational #OCDS experiment: guess real world hours + costs of 8 #opendata deliverables in #opengov policy. Embedded image. 5:20 AM - 27 Apr 2016. 1 Retweet. Reply to @jonesiom. Replies. Graeme Jones. 4m4 minutes ago. Graeme Jones @jonesiom. @jonesiom blog post with analysis to follow ...
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Graeme Jones

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The summit will seek to galvanise a global response to tackle corruption. As well as agreeing a package of actions to tackle corruption across the board, it will deal with issues including corporate secrecy, government transparency, the enforcement of international anti-corruption laws, ...
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any Government that has one set of laws for its citizens and and an entirely different set of rules for its agents that permits them to engage in otherwise unlawful acts, is already corrupt,  Good luck when you have let all the foxes guard your hen houses.  
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Alexander Howard
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Thanks to +Kevin Bankston for introducing me to this film envisioning humanity's futures exploring our solar system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6goNzXrmFs
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Alexander Howard
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Wonderful post by Lena Groeger on how information graphics can reveal our blind spots: https://www.propublica.org/article/how-information-graphics-reveal-your-brains-blind-spots 
Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that it’s happening.
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Francis Sealey

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Is Our Democracy Fit For Purpose

Tomorrow is our short 30-minute webinar where we discuss with author Derek Bates the state of democracy in the 21st century, its inadequacies and what we need to do to make it relevant to the age we live in.

The link for people to register for this event is http://app.webinarjam.net/register/20480/013e9f62a4

Derek Bates argues that our involvement in politics permits us to put a cross on a piece of paper once every five years to select policies we had no input in and elect MPs who were chosen for us by Party members.

You would be welcome to join us there.
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Democracy In The 21st Century

Join us On April 20th in a short 30-minute webinar where we discuss with author Derek Bates the state of democracy in the 21st century, its inadequacies and what we need to do to make it relevant to the age we live in.

Derek Bates argues that our involvement in politics permits us to put a cross on a piece of paper once every five years to select policies we had no input in and elect MPs who were chosen for us by Party members.
He believes that Mobile phones, and social media allow us to vote on issues of national importance and to select policies for the nation for say three years.

An Ipsos/Mori poll shows that 80% of us believe our politicians do not tell the truth. Government has yet to recognise that via our mobile phones, emails and websites we can have a genuine democracy.

He further argues that Politicians and Ministers are not trained and are part of a system which encourages self-seeking individuals motivated by the desire to be re-elected.

Join him to discuss democracy in the 21st century and how the new media age makes it important to create a new system.

http://app.webinarjam.net/register/20480/013e9f62a4
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Alexander Howard
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Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., talks about the potential of open government data. The arc of U.S. history is long, but it bends toward machine-readability. This morning, we saw positive signs on the long road to baking open data into the way the federal government functions and discloses information to the ...
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"A transparent society is one that makes data not just available but usable. What use is a window if you can’t stare through it?"- +Paul Ford
https://newrepublic.com/article/132122/big-data-leaks
The internet makes critical information accessible. Now let’s make it usable.
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