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OpenCongress.org, a Place to Track Federal Lawmakers and the Laws They Make, Gets a Significant Upgrade

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, July 27 2011

OpenCongress.org's new letter-writing functionality. Yesterday I noted ways to contact Congress online, as debt-ceiling talks in Washington drag on and interest from constituents is jamming up the Capitol switchboard. ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: When Citizens "CleaNap" to Solve a Waste Crisis

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, July 25 2011

Italy | When Citizens "CleaNap" to Solve a Waste Crisis Since the mid-1990s, the city of Naples, one of the biggest and most beautiful in the south of Italy,  has suffered from the dumping of solid waste into ... Read More

DataBC now Live

BY Andrew Seo | Tuesday, July 19 2011

The province of British Columbia launched an open data portal today called DataBC that allows users to access information about schools, geology faults, and much more. British Columbia became the first provincial ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Patterns for Policy-Making 2.0

BY Antonella Napolitano | Saturday, July 16 2011

EU | Patterns for policy-making 2.0 PdF Europe 2010 speaker David Osimo is working on the possible uses of collaborative government. His research results point to three categories that fit the policy cycle: definition, ... Read More

Vivek Kundra's Tips for Smarter Government

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 14 2011

At the Sunlight Foundation* blog, Daniel Schuman recaps ten principles for improving federal transparency that federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra delivered during testimony before a House Committee on ... Read More

What Giving Looks Like

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 14 2011

This is a cropped version of one notable project among several from an apps contest hosted by Donors Choose, the online platform for public school teachers to solicit donations for their projects, based on a data trove ... Read More

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U.S., Brazil To Lead International Open Government Partnership

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 12 2011

Ask the State Department and it is a return to a challenge President Barack Obama issued at the last U.N. General Assembly, encouraging other countries to embrace open government. Ask some observers, and it is a return to the American practice of democracy building, just under a different name. Either way, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota this morning announced international partnership to promote transparency, citizen participation, and accountability in participating countries. The event was streamed live on State.gov. Read More

The Europe Roundup: PdF Meetup Everywhere - in Europe, Too!

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, July 11 2011

PdF Meetup Everywhere - in Europe, Too! July 12th (tomorrow!) is Worldwide PdF Meetup Day! It's an experiment and an opportunity to come together with fellow PdFers in your community, people who are excited by how ... Read More

Kenya Joins Countries with Open Data Platforms

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 8 2011

Kenya has become the first one of the first African countries to launch an open data portal, releasing over 160 datasets including national budget data, nation and county public expenditure data, and information on ... Read More

From Tracking Fires to Fixing Potholes, a Roundup of Open Data Projects in Russia

BY Becky Kazansky | Friday, July 8 2011

After our post on the open data contest Apps4Russia late last month, we received an email from Gov 2.0 proponent Alena Popova, the chief executive officer of Gov2Project.ru, an incubator that invests in and consults with ... Read More