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Alexander Howard
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open data  - 
 
Until the secretaries, ministers, academics, advocates and non-governmental organizations that are casting an optimistic light upon the role of open data recognize the persistent issues around copyright, proprietary data, and powerful industrial interests, the rhetoric is not going to yield real change. Sustainability, resilience and responsibility need to be the watchwords of the global open data movement in every context, in agriculture and nutrition as much as in telecommunications and consumer technology.

http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/09/26/opening-agriculture-and-nutrition-data-requires-confronting-power-influence-and-industry/
U.N. forum calling on countries to adopt GODAN. (Image Credit: Sunlight Foundaiton/Alex Howard) The 2016 Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Summit this September featured the highest level endorsement of open data by a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to date, coupled with resounding endorsement of the importance of ...
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Sharon Fisher

civic technology  - 
 
From California to the European Union, new laws are being either implemented or removed to streamline processes that make it easier for people to use paperless documents.
A variety of governments, ranging from the state of California to the European Union, are easing paperless document laws to make avoiding paper easier.
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Alexander Howard
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Discussion  - 
 
Newest open government digest dropped this evening: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/09/06/today-in-opengov-trumps-pay-to-sway-history-foia-folly-voting-rights-and-more/

There's an ask in there: As we noted on Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a two-part summary of its interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server during her public server. We're assuming that a lot of you read them over the holiday weekend or coverage of them. Please write to us (ahoward@sunlightfoundation.com) and tell us who covered them the best and what you learned. We'll follow up tomorrow.
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Alexander Howard
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accountability  - 
 
Today in Open Government: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/31/today-in-open-using-open-data-to-combat-sexual-assault-kenya-signs-foia-into-law-nj-goes-glomar/

We'll have more to say about the Obama administration's transparency record soon, but in the meantime make sure to read Emily Shaw's piece on open data and sexual assault: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/31/using-data-to-track-police-response-to-sexual-assault/ and celebrate Kenya signing its access to information bill into law.
(Photo credit: drpavloff/Flickr) Cases of rape and sexual assault contain deeply private information, but public data is available to help hold police accountable and provide guidance for better policing. And we can learn a lot from the recent investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the Baltimore Police ...
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Alexander Howard
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accountability  - 
 
The Sunlight Foundation has opposed attempts to use the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as a vehicle for weakening the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) before, but we're now calling attention to one of the most ridiculous proposals we've seen in recent history: an exemption from FOIA for an entire federal agency.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/25/the-u-s-department-of-defense-should-never-be-exempt-from-the-freedom-of-information-act/
The Pentagon, which houses the Department of Defense. (Photo credit: David B. Gleason via Flickr) The Sunlight Foundation has opposed attempts to use the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as a vehicle for weakening the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) before, but we're now calling attention to one of the ...
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Alexander Howard
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open government  - 
 
There's not much discussion of open government, but transparency is on center stage in the race for the White House: http://m.startribune.com/transparency-takes-center-stage-in-campaign-for-white-house/390803641/
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Alexander Howard
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open government  - 
 
Today's open government digest is a super sized version, collecting links and analysis from over the weekend and yesterday. http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/16/today-in-opengov-asking-google-how-to-vote-dnc-hacks-investigating-corruption-and-more/ Please read, comment, share, and send more links for the next one!
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Jamie Berryhill

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**Based on feedback from the Innovation community, the deadline has been extended to August 28, 2016. Enjoy your vacations!**

The OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) recently launched a Call for Innovations (http://oe.cd/1pg/) to identify creative and impactful innovations in government programs that have improved the lives of citizens and civil servants, or improved the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs and services. A number 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 (https://worldgovernmentsummit.org/)—the largest annual gathering in the world focused on shaping the future of governments through innovative practices. OPSI has extended the deadline for submissions to August 28, 2016.
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Sharon Fisher

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Like many organizations, the Idaho Judicial Branch converted from its legacy computer system only when it was end-of-lifed by its vendor and they had no choice. But the statewide department is in the process of converting the entire state into a single system that will allow anyone to file court records electronically, a project that should be complete by the end of 2018.
Facing the end-of-life of its existing system, the state of Idaho is adopting a nearly paperless electronic court records system.
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Alexander Howard
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Discussion  - 
 
Today in #OpenGov: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/09/07/today-in-opengov-the-nras-true-influence-why-goldman-sachs-banned-political-donations-and-more/ Influence can be measured in what an organization speaks out against, not just what what -- or who -- it supports.
(Photo credit: Democracy Chronicles/Flickr) TAKING AIM: Melissa Yeager and Josh Stewart dug into the National Rifle Association's influence, going beyond the campaign contributions that have drawn a lot of media attention this past year. Their findings?
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Alexander Howard
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civic technology  - 
 
I talked with the E-commerce Times about the impact of the new United States open source software policy. http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83855.html 
U.S. government agencies have been directed to share with each other software code that has been developed on a customized basis. Much of the code involves commercial vendor offerings. In addition to interagency sharing, government units are required to share portions of their customized code with the general public, a move characterized as promoting an open source approach.
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Alexander Howard
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open government  - 
 
TRANSPARENCY AT CENTER STAGE: Both major party presidential nominees are being criticized across the political spectrum for failing to be open and transparent with voters. Unfortunately, "several of the norms we have for what the public should know are being violated," says Sunlight's interim executive director, John Wonderlich.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/24/today-in-opengov-transparency-in-2016-internet-ad-blind-spots-and-californias-anti-eavesdropping-bill/

PREVENTING THE NEXT WATERGATE: How can the presidential candidates grappling with transparency issues on the trail stop corruption before it begins if they're elected? Start now, recommends Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight. Brian recommends embedding the principles of open government into their campaigns, disclosing information relevant voters and supporting accountability and whistleblowing in personnel matters. Like POGO, we don't endorse candidates, but we definitely endorse Brian's recommendations.

LET THE PRESS IN: Here's something else the campaigns could do: provide media access to fundraisers so that the public can hear what the candidates are telling donors.“You’re basically sowing the seeds of secrecy and making people suspicious about what is happening,” Sunlight's Melissa Yeager told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s absolutely possible that they’re doing everything right, but we have no way of knowing.”

Much more in "Today in OpenGov," including campaign, national, state and local, and international news.
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/24/today-in-opengov-transparency-in-2016-internet-ad-blind-spots-and-californias-anti-eavesdropping-bill/
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Alexander Howard
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open government  - 
 
Talking with Sunlight Foundation staff about TransparencyCamp in Cleveland on October 14-15. Please register! https://tcamp.sunlightfoundation.com/register/
Join us at TCamp16 in Cleveland OH, Oct. 14-15, 2016.
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Alexander Howard
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open government  - 
 
Today in #OpenGov: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/09/today-in-opengov-when-open-data-policies-are-closed-code-gov-dark-money-spending-censusfail-and-more/ When open data policies are closed, Code.gov, dark money in the states, Australia's #CensusFail & more. [I'm back from vacation: please send links!]
The people's code.
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Alexander Howard
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open government  - 
 
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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