2Day in #OpenGov 1/3/2012

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Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

Here is 2012’s first look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

International
  • A post about I Paid A Bribe, a website that makes it easy for users to report bribery and corruption, was one of the World Bank’s top blog posts of 2011. (World Bank)
  • Digital Divide Data, a 10 year old non profit started in Silicon Valley, helps train poor workers in the developing world for entry-level technology jobs. (Mercury News)
  • 2012 looks like it will be a big year for Africa’s technology scene. Highlights include increases in mobile broadband access, improved mobile health initiatives, and a push for more tech education and incubation. (Connected Africa)
  • The UN held its fourth, and largest to date, anti-corruption conference in October. Despite its size and scope, no major initiatives were passed. (Transparency.org)

Government

  • 2011 was a busy year for Government 2.0, with notable strides being taken by cities around the country. Other highlights came in the form of open source initiatives in federal government IT. (O’Reilly Radar)
  • The National Archives is preparing to release the 1940 U.S. Census online for free. This is a major step in the Archives’ attempt to make their information more easily available to the public. (Mashable)
Campaign Finance
  • Super PACs have spent almost $13 million on the early Republican nominating competitions. Mitt Romney got the most help, to the tune of $4.6 million, with Rick Perry not too far behind. (iWatch News)
  • In one week alone Super PAC ad spending in Iowa topped $1.2 million, which easily surpassed combined ad spending by the candidates. (AP/Yahoo)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/3-1/6:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 1/3-1/6:
  • None.

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