Open government

The Real Trouble With Trump’s ‘Dark Post’ Facebook Ads

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Pandering to the base is a tradition as old as politics itself. But in the social media age, it’s easier than ever for politicians to take those tailored messages—the kind they might not like to share with the whole world—and disseminate them only to the people who are most likely to agree. And targeting allows campaigns to silo thousands of possible audiences with just a click, making it harder than ever to hold politicians accountable for all of it.

Senators Want Public Comment on Network-Neutrality Complaints

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, 20554, United States

A group of Democratic senators has joined in a call for the Federal Communications Commission to allow for public "review and comment" on tens of thousands of network-neutrality complaints provided through a Freedom of Information Act request in May, saying the FCC has not provided sufficient opportunity to vet them.

FCC Pressured to Release New Evidence on Net Neutrality’s Importance through Process Open to Public Input by NHMC and 20 Additional Groups

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The National Hispanic Media Coalition filed a joint Motion, with 20 additional organizations, in the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding asking the FCC to enter into the record all open internet complaints, ombudsperson correspondence, and carrier responses since the 2015 Open Internet Order, and set a comment period to allow for public input on the new evidence.

What Makes a Smart City Truly Smart?

The heart of a smart city is actually the data and the brain is using that data to change your decision-making process, to make you react faster in cases where the city needs to react, to make you predictive where you can be to save money or provide a better service, or to give you a better appreciation of what's happening in your city.

Trump voting panel apologizes after judge calls failure to disclose information ‘incredible’

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly tore into President Trump’s voter commission for reneging on a promise to fully disclose public documents before a July 19 meeting, ordering the government to meet new transparency requirements and eliciting an apology from administration lawyers.

FCC Pledges Openness – Just Don’t Ask to See Complaints

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Shortly after Ajit Pai was named chair of the Federal Communications Commission in February, he said he wanted the agency to be “as open and accessible as possible to the American people." Six months on, the agency is falling short of Pai’s lofty goal in some key areas.

When the Government Rules by Software, Citizens are Left in the Dark

Location:
USA, United States

Governments increasingly rely on mathematical formulas to inform decisions about criminal justice, child welfare, education, and other arenas. Yet it’s often hard or impossible for citizens to see how these algorithms work and are being used.

Online activist group Anonymous posts what it says are private contact details for 22 GOP Congressmen

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

AnonOps, a group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous, posted what it says are the private cell phone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in US political battles.

Trump White House is still holding back visitor information, watchdog group says

Location:
Public Citizen, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009, United States

Public Citizen, a government watchdog group, sued to compel the Trump administration to release names of at least some visitors to the White House complex, as was done in the Obama era.

Dispute Over Public Officials and Social Media

Location:
USA, United States

An emerging debate about whether elected officials violate people's free speech rights by blocking them on social media is spreading across the US as groups sue or warn politicians to stop the practice.

The Supreme Court is about to become more transparent, thanks to technology

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

After lagging behind other courts for years, the Supreme Court is finally catching up on a key technological feature that will be a boon to researchers, lawyers and analysts of all kinds. It's moving to adopt electronic filing.

The White House isn’t at war with leaks. It’s at war with basic transparency.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

President Donald Trump and his loyalists potentially find the release of nearly any information about what they’re doing to be offensive, no matter how mundane.

The War on the Freedom of Information Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is what enables regular people to pester powerful federal agencies into handing over information about what they’ve been up to.

Sen Wyden blasts FCC for refusing to provide DDoS analysis

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) criticized the Federal Communications Commission for failing to turn over its internal analysis of the DDoS attacks that hit the FCC's public comment system.

US Digital Services Shares First Priorities Under Trump

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

In the US Digital Serivces' annual report to Congress, Acting Administrator Matt Cutts—the Google transplant responsible for Gmail's spam filter—outlined the team's current priorities, many of which were established under President Barack Obama.

Statement on Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

At present, 20 states have agreed to provide the publicly available information requested by the Commission and another 16 states are reviewing which information can be released under their state laws. In all, 36 states have either agreed or are considering participating with the Commission's work to ensure the integrity of the American electoral system.

Why almost every state is partially or fully rebuffing Trump’s election commission

Location:
USA, United States

Officials in nearly every state say they cannot or will not turn over all of the voter data President Trump’s voting commission is seeking, dealing what could be a serious blow to Trump’s attempts to bolster his claims that widespread fraud cost him the popular vote in November.

News Reports Prompt Senate Request for FISA Court Info

Location:
Senate Judiciary Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building -- 226, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have asked for all the surveillance warrants the FBI asked for from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court as part of the FBI's investigation into Russian campaign interference, including possible collusion with the campaign of Donald Trump.

CBO Scores S 760, OPEN Government Data Act

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States

The OPEN Government Data Act (S 760) would direct federal agencies to publish all data they collect in an open format that can be used by any computer.

Why the Case for Transparency Must Be Made Anew

Location:
USA, United States

The Trump Administration’s penchant for secrecy is not a media issue; it is a democracy issue. And that makes it the weak spot in President Donald Trump’s otherwise successful jihad against American journalism.

What is it that the Trump administration doesn’t want us to see?

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

President Trump’s administration blocked journalists from recording audio or video of the June 19 briefing. Such pathetic, undemocratic cowardice is part of a disturbing trend.

Chief FOIA Officers’ Council Meeting

Jul 27 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
National Archives and Records Administration (DC), 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC, 20408, United States

Participants will discuss customer service and improving coordination between agency FOIA Public Liaisons and OGIS in light of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 amendments.

How Policy Could Advance Open Data in Government

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Citizens could soon get access to more federal data if new legislation is passed, a General Services Administration official said. The Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act, or the OPEN Government Data Act, directs federal agencies to share their nonsensitive data sets in a machine-readable format, and it could prompt more to submit their information to Data.gov, the catalog of data sets maintained by GSA Program Manager Hyon Kim.

New Facebook tools aim to help connect lawmakers, constituents

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook released a new set of tools to help facilitate civic engagement and discourse between voters and their representatives.

Knight Institute Demands That President Trump Unblock Critics on Twitter

Location:
Columbia University, Broadway and 116th StreetUris Hall, Room 142, New York, NY, United States

In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, the Knight First Amendment Institute asked the President to unblock the Twitter accounts of individuals denied access to his account after they criticized or disagreed with him, or face legal action to protect the First Amendment rights of the blocked individuals.

Why Is Access To Public Records Still So Frustratingly Complicated?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Freedom of Information Act, often known as FOIA, has been used by journalists, activists, and private citizens to get access to federal government records since it went into effect in 1967.

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove

Recommendation:
2

Former Microsoft chief executive Steven Ballmer sought to “figure out what the government really does with the money. What really happens?” He plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

FCC Chairman Pai's Response to Senators Regarding the E-Rate Modernization Progress Report

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On March 7, a dozen US senators wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai with “serious reservations” about his decision to “set aside, rescind, and retract” the FCC’s E-rate Modernization Progress Report. On March 22 Chairman Pai replied.

Improved Staff Openness & New Priorities

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

One of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s most welcomed, yet least noted, process reforms has been his unequivocal direction that staff should be completely up front with all Commissioners, not just the Chairman.

Can Technology Save Democracy?

Location:
usa, United States
Recommendation:
3

Flux’s app is one of a handful of new platforms that aim to use technology to let people participate directly in politics, at scale. All are premised on the fact that–around the world–representative democracy isn’t working well. But technology could potentially help end corruption and lobbying, allow people to delegate votes to trusted friends rather than politicians, and empower experts in a field to meaningfully impact policy.

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