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Guess Who's Coming to the White House? Go On, Guess.

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 13 2011

The visitor records posted online by the Obama White House are full of holes, argue the Center for Public Integrity's Viveca Novak and Fred Schulte in a piece running on Politico today: The White House website proudly ... Read More

White House Plans Presidential "Town Hall" at, by, and on Facebook

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 6 2011

President Obama is headed out to Palo Alto in later this month, blogs the White House, where he'll be taking part of what they're billing as a Facebook "town hall" at the company's headquarters to be held April ... Read More

Say Goodbye to Data.gov?

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 31 2011

The Obama White House is prepping to pull down open government sites like Data.gov, the IT Dashboard, and FedSpace, reports the Federal News Radio's Jason Miller, based on the comments of one anonymous government ... Read More

Noveck on Lessons Learned

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 23 2011

In a 1-2-3-part interview with Asia-based FutureGov, former U.S. Deputy Beth Noveck argues a point that seems to be gaining traction in open government circles: that while the "institutionalization" of open ... Read More

A 56-Page Report Card on Obama's Openness

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 18 2011

How open a presidency is Obama's really? It's a debate that has heated up of late, and the good government group OMB Watch is out today with a contribution, in the form of a sizable report assessing where things stand at ... Read More

All Your White House Government Goodness, in One Place

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 17 2011

Celebrating Sunshine Week, White House has gone live with WhiteHouse.gov/GoodGovernment, "your central portal to tools and data that connect citizens to their government and improve their everyday lives, as well as ... Read More

Austan Goolsbee Reveals Advice America Gave

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 24 2011

Last week, it was Austan Goolsbee's turn to take a spin at Advise the Advisor: Read More

WhiteHouseLeaks?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, February 9 2011

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In Mexico, A Wiki Makes Corporate Secrets Public

Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.

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NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted. GO

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