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The U.S. and India Are Still Doing Open Government Together

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 19 2011

Apropo, perhaps, of India's apparent withdrawal from leadership of a recently announced multilateral open government initiative, the U.S. State Department today released a fact sheet on joint projects between the U.S. and India.

According to the fact sheet, the U.S.-India S&T Endowment Board, a group established in 2009 to promote science and technology research, will announce in September awards of up to $500,000 to fund projects "with the potential to improve health and empower citizens in both countries."

The fact sheet also puts a deadline on the release of an open-source Data.gov platform for providing government data for citizen use: The first quarter of 2012.

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New Media Sites in Iran Blur Lines Between Citizen Journo, Professional Journo, & Activist

In 2010, Newsweek declared Iran the “birthplace of citizen journalism.” Iranian bloggers were hailed by Westerners as “brave” for their coverage of the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election. A 40-second video of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan during an anti-government protest won a prestigious George Polk Award, the first anonymously-produced work to be so honored. And then came the 2013 study “Whither Blogestan,” which sought to explain Iran's shrinking blogosphere. Of nearly 25,000 highly active and connected blogs in 2008 and 2009, only 20 percent were still online in September 2013.

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