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An Open Government Advocate Joins World Economic Forum

BY Nick Judd | Friday, June 17 2011

The World Economic Forum has hired open government and open source advocate Noel Hidalgo as its new director of engagement technologies.

Hidalgo will lead a team the organization is hiring right now and that will develop open source tools and "collaboration technologies to participate in the broader networked world," he tells me.

He was part of the team at the New York State Senate that opened its floor proceedings to live streaming and its payroll and information about legislators and legislation to public scrutiny as machine-readable datasets browsable on the Senate website. Since his time there ended earlier this year, has been a consultant and advisor working on projects to connect people working in open government and open-source software around the world.

And, full disclosure, Personal Democracy Forum also collaborated with Hidalgo on an event that preceded PdF 2011.

The World Economic Forum already has some open-source cred: Apache Software Foundation co-founder Brian Behlendorf is their chief technology officer.

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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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