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New Thinking in Accountability

June 5, 2013 by John Kamensky

The increasing chorus of calls for more accountability reaches beyond recent demands for firing officials at the IRS, VA, and GSA for various perceived misdeeds. Just what is accountability, and how can it be seen as a constructive, instead of a punitive, element of public management?[read more]

Police Facebook Pages?

May 2, 2013 by Lauri Stevens

Mike found that three police forces had the highest rate of increase in Facebook “likes” compared to the previous month: Hampshire, Greater Manchester and Strathclyde. I looked at the Facebook pages for these three forces and identified the five most popular posts from each in the month under review.[read more]

Toronto Star Op-Ed: Muzzled Scientists, Open Government and the Limits of Rules

April 8, 2013 by David Eaves


Even more than programs and regulations, an open government is the result of culture, norms and leadership. And here the message — felt as strongly by government scientists as any other public servants — is clear. Public servants are allowed less and less to have a perspective, to say nothing of the ability to share that perspective.[read more]

The Gallery: How Raleigh is Building their Open Data Solution

March 27, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Open Raleigh is an online repository with open data, web and mobile applications, and links to participatory tools and organizations. It’s part of Raleigh’s open source strategy focusing on transparency, collaboration, and improved access to information.[read more]

Study Shows States Fail to Provide Healthcare Price Transparency

March 19, 2013 by Bailey McCann

A new study issued "report cards" to states that take a comprehensive look at state laws designed to give consumers basic information about the average or expected prices of common health care services and gives only 14 states a “C” or better.[read more]

Government Open Data Released by Country [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 15, 2013 by Craig Thomler

There are 41 countries listed as having open data websites, out of almost 200 nations. In their national open data sites, in total, these nations have released at least 1,068,164 data sets (I was unable to get a count from China, Timor-Leste, Tunisia or Sweden's national open data sites), for an average of 28,869 and a median of only 483 - due to a few high release countries (US, France, Canada).[read more]

Considering Copyright in a Digital World

January 15, 2013 by Craig Thomler

In the US, material created by the Federal government is, by default, owned by the public. In the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and others, governments are transitioning from closed copyright systems to more open ones. There's continuing scrutiny, review and debate over the 'right' setting for copyright, with the companies who only exist due to copyright often at odds with their own customers, who wish to share books, music and video material they enjoy.[read more]

Idaho Adopts Financial Transparency, Puts Records Online

January 15, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Idaho has launched a new government transparency website which includes downloadable financial reports from public offices over the last several years. The reports range from broad summaries of State revenues and expenditures with easy-to-read charts and graphs, to detailed snapshots of agency-level finances.[read more]

Philly Police Release Crime Incident Data

December 21, 2012 by Bailey McCann

The data released by the Philadelphia police department includes the details of major crimes occurring in Philadelphia, including Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft, and Motor Vehicle Theft. Taken together, this data is made up of almost 600,000 individual crime incident records.[read more]

Solving the Problems of Cities Via Crowdsourcing

December 13, 2012 by Craig Thomler

The premise is simple. Cities publish details of a strategic challenge they need help solving and the public, social enterprises, research centres, not-for-profit and for-profit organisations are invited to contribute their solutions. Jurors shortlist and select winning solutions, which are then implemented.[read more]

Open Australia Launches 'Right to Know' FOI Request Site

November 28, 2012 by Craig Thomler

The process of requesting documents from the government, though enshrined in Australian law, can be difficult for many people - taking significant time, causing significant frustration and resulting in inconsistent and substandard outcomes - as I found when asking government agencies some simple question about which public social media channels they operated and which web browsers they used.[read more]

Edmonton Launches Citizen Dashboard

November 20, 2012 by Bailey McCann

The website will allow residents to view performance data on government services in a more transparent format. The Socrata powered catalogue site will eventually include public financing information as well.[read more]

Transparency Transcends Political Leanings

November 16, 2012 by Lauren Alexander

Citizens, by a whopping 3 to 1 margin, are more likely to vote for the candidate who champions open government. Open government is in our blood, so to speak, and it shows; it’s no wonder that transparency transcends politics. So, how does Granicus, an open government solutions company, address our country’s widespread desire for open government?[read more]

Liveblogging 'Future Citizen Engagement for Government Forum Asia 2012' Day 1

November 5, 2012 by Craig Thomler

Over the next few days I am in Singapore at Liquid Learning's Future Citizen Engagement for Government Forum Asia conference. I'll be liveblogging the presentations today and may liveblog parts of tomorrow, when I am chairing, speaking and on a panel. Liveblog: Future Citizen Engagement for Government Forum AsiaeGov AUCraig...[read more]

MyFairElection Will Let Voters Rate Their Voting Experience

October 31, 2012 by Bailey McCann

On election day, voters will be able to enter the address of their polling place and find out in advance about wait times, comment about their experience, report problems, and upload photos. MyFairElection will also supply voters with the location of their polling place, voter identification requirements, and other election-day information such as current average wait times. Both real-time during Election Day and afterwards, the application will aggregate voter-provided data into heat maps and other data-rich displays to identify and display the quality of electoral access across the country. The site will allow voters to identify and locate problems as they emerge in real time, compare and rank states and localities according to the quality of access to the vote they provide, and share the experience of exercising their right and ability to vote.[read more]