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Tech and Transparency Advocate Leland Yee Wants To Be California's Next Secretary of State

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, November 27 2012

Leland Yee. Photo: Tim Bartel/Flickr

California State Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat representing San Francisco, said Monday that he's decided to run for Secretary of State, and that he wants to use the position to explore the possibilites of enabling ... Read More

California State Senate Moves Key Transparency Bills

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, May 31 2012

The California State Senate approved on Thursday a couple of key transparency bills that will both help to make government documents more accessible online, and provide funding for the state's decrepit online finance disclosure system Cal-Access. Read More

In California, Progress On a Bill to Open Government Records

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, May 24 2012

Legislation that would require all California government agencies to make public records available in an "open" format moved forward on Thursday after activists rallied to persuade the state's Senate Appropriations Committee that the requirement would not burden those agencies with millions of dollars in new obligations. The legislation calls for government agencies to save documents in a searchable format. The legislation defines "open data" as a document that can be located and downloaded by open source software, public internet applications like Google Docs, or both. The legislation also says that agencies have to make relevant databases available to the public with the "relationships and mappings" intact, and that they have to be functionally operable. Read More

California's Campaign Finance System Serves Up A Lump Of Coal To Secretary of State Debra Bowen

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, December 23 2011

Photo: Flickr/SeeWeb

The latest failure of California's campaign finance reporting system is sparking off a broader discussion about the woeful state of the state government's technological infrastructure, and its "painful" procurement processes. Read More