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First POST: Transparency Matters

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 1 2015

A return to pre-Watergate days?; Jeb Bush has already, apparently, forgotten about "transparency matters"; ghostwriting for government agencies; X-Lab going independent; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Leaders

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, October 9 2014

Why the government shouldn't have a backdoor to your encrypted smartphone; 2016 hopeful Martin O'Malley on Wi-Fi as a human right; Mark Zuckerberg in India says the Internet access is a human right; and much, much more. Read More

New US Digital Service Looks to Avoid IT Catastrophes

BY Alex Howard | Wednesday, August 13 2014

USDS' Mikey Dickerson at the 2009 MySQL Conference (Photo by Jorge Bernal)

At a time when the public's trust in institutions is at historic lows, the federal government's use of technology has an unusual place in the national discourse. After the first Internet president's administration was responsible for the high-profile failure of Healthcare.gov, the issue seemed ripe to drive significant reform on Capitol Hill. Even if some 10 million adults gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act after "Obama's trauma team" made successful fixes to Healthcare.gov, negative public perception has lingered, and for good reason. Under the radar, other projects have continued to sputter, like a $300 million dollar Social Security government IT boondoggle that still has not delivered a working system for submitting disability claims. The crash of the FCC's dated website under the weight of 1.1 million comments this summer didn't help, either. At the same time, the confidence of the technology community has been damaged by revelations of dragnet surveillance and surreptitious backdoors planted in software. Now, the executive branch has launched two new initiatives aimed squarely at these issues, 18F and the just-announced US Digital Service, Alex Howard reports. Read More

First POST: Oversight

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, August 5 2013

Exclusively for Personal Democracy Plus subscribers:How congressional "oversight" of the NSA doesn't work; Bruce Sterling and Tom Scott's mordant takes on our times; the growing backlash against Jim Messina going Tory; and more in today's round-up of news about technology in politics from around the web. Read More

Is Maryland Becoming the Open Government State?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 26 2011

Maryland's state legislature will gain a joint committee on transparency and open government this summer, MarylandReporter.com reports. (Via thedailyrecord.com) Delegate Heather Mizeur, the lead sponsor of a bill just ... Read More

Statehouse Tweets: Incoming Governors Pick Social Media Strategies

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 7 2011

Source: Wikimedia Friday, if Twitter is to be believed, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley turned into a tweet machine, snapping photos on a BlackBerry and posting them to the social network in order to share his excitement ... Read More