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Commerce pledges to open patents, small biz data

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 10 2009

Soon, we're going to start bundling these announcements of new open government initiatives that every agency and their mom's are issuing these days, but it makes sense to give some love and attention to the early ... Read More

Trickle, trickle: Treasury Dept. gets into the open gov game

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

Three makes a trend! Tim Geithner's Treasury Department just put out a press release touting its open government plan. Or, at least, some core building blocks for a plan to come. Read More

About that "government data" you've been hearing about...

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, December 7 2009

There's not going to be much in the way of new news for our regular readers in Claire Cain Miller's big piece in the New York Times today about how governments are slowly opening up their data stores to the public and ... Read More

Is data making us dumber?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 3 2009

CAP's Matt Yglesias argues that the growing trend towards greater political transparency and open data might actually make we the people even less knowledgeable about how government works. Read More

It Takes a Village to Figure Out Where Tony Blair Keeps His Money

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 2 2009

The Guardian UK news organization is having a beast of a time figuring out the interplay between all the different financial vehicles and assests that house the many millions of pounds that the former prime minister has ... Read More

In 2009, Searchers were Googley for Democrats (Updated)

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 2 2009

Google has opened up a window onto what, in 2009, people typed into that little white box before they clicked "Search." Politics Daily's Emily Miller has a good breakdown of this year's Google Zeitgeist lists, ... Read More

An Interview with Craig Fugate, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, November 24 2009

Hurricanes might gather force, low-lying areas pool with water, and wildfires rage much as they long have. But today they rise as a challenge to a different American people. From mobile phones to Twitter, the ... Read More

Foods Liberals Like

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, November 13 2009

And conservatives, too. But that flowed better. Hunch, a newish site from the folks behind Flickr that wants to help you make decisions, has dug into the cache of social data they've amassed thus far to take a look at ... Read More

Defending Clunkers with a Data Dump

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, November 9 2009

CARS.gov, the Department of Transportation's online home for its Cash-for Clunkers program, has posted the raw data on the nearly 700,000 cars that were traded in during the course of the month-long program. Read More

News Briefs

RSS Feed today >

First POST: Glass Half Full

A new Pew study on open government data in the US; the FOIA exemption ruffling transparency advocates' feathers; social media bot farms; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Zucked Up

Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism of "zero rating" Facebook access in India; turning TVs into computers; how Facebook is changing the way UK users see the upcoming General Election; BuzzFeed's split priorities; a new website for "right-of-center women"; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Mugs

No surprise here, but email list open rates are down; the real reason campaigns want to send you a free bumper sticker; Hillary Clinton wasn't alone in dodging inquiries from the House Oversight Committee about private email accounts; organizing opt-outs from high-stakes testing on Facebook; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Edges

Let the White House know what you think about the new homepage; why Democrats need a competitive primary to maintain their edge in political tech; California Highway Patrol reminded to not talk about how they track political protesters on social media; and much, much more. GO

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