2Day in #OpenGov 12/28/2011

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Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

Here is Wednesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Technology
  • British officials are considering creating an Ipad app specifically for Prime Minister David Cameron. The App would be designed to deliver key data directly to Cameron’s Ipad. (Yahoo/AP)
  • 2012 looks like it will be a year of more data, but less money for government IT programs. Luckily, it is widely agreed that there is ample room for efficiency improvements. (NextGov)
  • The battle over SOPA continues to develop and bloggers from all political sides are coming out against the legislation, some going so far as to argue that it would destroy the concept of blogging. (Politico)

Campaign Finance

  • Over $10 million has been spent on political radio and tv ads in Iowa in the past month alone. Most of the money was spent by Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and their affiliated Super PACs. (Politico)
  • The Young Guns PAC, created to support a group of House Republicans only four months ago, appears to be disbanding already. (Politico)
International
  • A new Taiwanese project is taking advantage of crowd sourced financing and ideas to spark a new wave of investigative journalism. (Global Voices)
  • The Developing Latin America project, a public hackathon aimed at finding technical solutions to various public issues using open data, produced interesting results in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and other countries. (Global Voices)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/28:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 12/28:
  • None.

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