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I feel a lot of people need to calm down about the immigration "problem" here in America. But people believe what they believe.
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Keith Rutter

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POGO also obtained an unredacted, albeit incomplete, copy of the report. Comparing the two versions, it’s obvious that the redactions—based on FOIA Exemption 4, which covers trade secrets and sensitive commercial or financial information—are wholly unjustified.
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Citizen science is an increasingly popular way for ordinary citizens to engage with science across a variety of subject areas and mediums. A combined, cross-sector approach is necessary and the results can be more citizens en...
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Initiatives like these are so encouraging to see from government at all levels. This focuses on science, but #citizenengagement and innovation in everything from technology to safety can become a reality as more data is opened up to the public. -Lauren
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Dennis D. McDonald

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As an IT professional one of the things I find attractive about this concept is the opportunity to start with a clean slate. Members of my family are from Detroit and I've seen how urban devastation has grown. We need to try new thinking.
 
How can #opendata help fix America's blight problem? Help us find out! Join Sunlight and the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University for #UnblightUnconf.

Sign up here: http://signup.unblight.org/
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Digiminster Members Data Portal, for UK Parliament: includes voting and campaign finance data and parliamentary debates, chunked.
http://membersdataportal.digiminster.com/
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Keith Rutter

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Have you seen the Classified Section of OpenTheGovernment.org yet? You should check it out.
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Robert Richards

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July 1 submission deadline: CeDEM Asia 2014: International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government Asia 2014  
http://digitalgovernment.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/cfp-cedem-asia-2014/
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Robert Richards

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What a great project by the City of Boston. It’s interesting to see that the majority of projects they  chose to put money toward were around community space, security, and technology. My company provides cloud solutions to governments, so I am fortunate enough to see so many other great things like this happening in cities and states throughout the country. I hope we continue to see more of these projects and that #government organizations continue to learn and grow from them. -Lauren 
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Alexander Howard
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Some city legal codes have been unlocked. Much more to go: http://www.govexec.com/state-local/2014/07/ultimate-open-government-unlocking-laws/87997/ All citizens should be able to freely access & read the laws that govern them. Great to see the DC Council's own legal counsel directly involved in opening the law to the District's people: 
Forward-thinking public officials and open government advocates are updating outmoded, inflexible digital platforms that host local and state legal codes.
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Robert Richards

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July 8 panel: Technology & democratic participation: friend or foe? with +Tiago Peixoto Maria Nyberg, Catherine Howe, Graham Smith, and +Simon Burall 
http://www.involve.org.uk/blog/2014/05/14/technology-and-democratic-participation-friend-or-foe/
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Alexander Howard
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I hope the open government and civic technology communities become more vocal, active participants in the privacy and civil liberties debates embroiling the world. They're all related. http://e-pluribusunum.com/2014/07/02/pclob-issues-report-on-us-surveillance-under-section-702-of-fisa/
The pre-release version of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s Report on the Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) ...
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IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE IN AN AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT, NOT A PATHWAY TO A GOLD PLATED PENSION PLAN.

It has to stop somewhere.

In three days, most people in Australia will have this message.

This is one idea that really should be passed around

(proposed) Constitutional Reform Act of 2014

1. For Politicians, Tenure by election & No Pension.

A Politician collects a substantial salary while in office and so should receive no pay when they're out of office.

2. Politicians (past, present & future) participate in their own Superannuation scheme as do all other Australians - the Superannuation Guarantee Administration Act 1992 (SGAA).

All funds in the Politician's retirement fund move to the Centrelink system immediately. Politicians contribute to their superannuation the same way as 'ordinary' Australian people. Contributions may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan,

Just as most other working Australians are expected to do.

4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Politicians lose their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as the Australian people. I.e. Either pay for private cover or Medicare.

6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.

7. All contracts with past and present Politicians are void, effective 31/12/14. The Australian people did not agree to the perks with Politicians.

Politicians made all these contracts for themselves. No entity holds them accountable.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three or so days for most people (in Australia) to receive the message.

Don't you think it's time

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

You are one of my 20+ - Please keep it going, and thanks.
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Alexander Howard
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In the 21st century, open government means Freedom of Information laws and requests plus open data, not either/or. They're complementary.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/07/01/when-open-data-isnt-enough/

#opengov   #opendata   #FOIA   #FOI  
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Very insightful piece. I like how the relationship between "reactive information disclosure"and "proactive access to information" is discussed.

On the other hand, the distinction the author makes between what's available in documents as opposed to what's now available in (faster moving) data sets is a bit too simplistic. An underlying issue not mentioned is that whether you have useful information stored in documents or in data sets you need at some point to have the ability and skill to manage the process of gathering and analyzing the data.

Open data advocates will say that that's why you need to make data sets available to the public, so that other (non-governmental) eyeballs and brains can analyze and disclose what's meaningful.

While that's certainly true, I'm also finding  it helps to have data skills available within government as well so that the processes like inventorying, organizing, standardizing, and using data are better managed -- including the processes involved in making data more open and accessible to the public.

Some of these data skills can come from outside sources but we also need staff within government who understand and appreciate data fundamentals.
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Alexander Howard
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Abú! Irish Times: Irish government to abolish upfront fees for ‪Freedom of Information requests: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/cabinet-abolishes-15-freedom-of-information-fee-1.1851481

‪#‎opengov‬ ‪#‎OGP‬ ‪#‎FOIA‬
Decision removes charges imposed by Fianna Fáil-led government in 2003
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Robert Richards

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registration is open for +ABA Journal 's Access to Justice Hackathon, August 7-10, 2014, Boston
http://hackcesstojustice2014.challengepost.com/
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Deborah Bryant

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+Creative Commons   Open Policy Institute is calling for applications for individuals interested in their fellowship program, and the deadline is just a few days away (June 30).  Check out their site for the full scoop on their important mission and program to create open policies, and pass the info along. 
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+Laurenellen McCann :  So You Think You Want to Run a Hackathon? Think Again. A case study on smart event organizing for #civictech
https://medium.com/@elle_mccann/so-you-think-you-want-to-run-a-hackathon-think-again-f96cd7df246a
a case study on smart event organizing for #civictech
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Thanks for sharing some great articles +Robert Richards! My company, Granicus, started supporting and sponsoring civic hackathons for open government data a few years ago. We had wonderful experiences and watched incredible apps come together once developers were able to access government datasets. These apps were solving real problems for real people. When done right, these hackathons can bring together some amazing minds and develop some amazing #civictech. -Lauren 
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