2Day in #OpenGov 9/6/2011


Here is Tuesday’s look at the [[short!]] week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Super Committee

  • Nearly 100 registered lobbyists have worked for the 12 members of the super committee, and six current employees are former lobbyists. (National Journal)(Washington Post)


  • Netflix’s global expansion has been accompanied by an enlargement of its DC lobbying and policy staff. (Washington Post)
  • BP America has selected former Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell as its head of communications. (Politico)


  • Google has launched a website that allows users to post and vote for questions in anticipation of the upcoming GOP debate, which will be held on September 22nd in Orlando, Florida. (Mashable)
  • The digital citizen engagement platform Change by Us has been up and running in New York City since July, and will be launched in Philadelphia and Seattle this fall. (Government Technology)

State and Local

  • A news app developer at The Chicago Tribune is moving to Tyler, Texas, and has decided to hack city data to create sustainable and valuable community projects. (O’Reilly Radar)
  • The Georgia state ethics commission has named a lobbyist as its new executive director. (Atlantic Journal-Constitution)
  • The Norwegian Labour Party is leading online Norwegian campaign politics with a strategy centered on eCanvassing. (techPresident)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/6-9/9:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 9/6-9/9:

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