Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is Tuesday’s take on transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Most Republican presidential candidates have declined to disclose the identities of their bundlers. (Yahoo/AP)
- At least four Cabinet secretaries have signaled their willingness to participate in activities aimed at helping Democratic super PACs raise money. (iWatch News)
- The Obama administration’s 2013 budget proposal does not include a previously considered plan to require contractors to disclose political contributions when submitting contract bids. (Federal Computer Week)
- Civic Commons, created to foster the use of open-source technology in government, will become part of Code for America. Civic Commons work helping governments build open software that can be shared among jurisdictions will be discontinued. (Tech President)
- The Open Source Digital Voting Foundation is working to make election software more open and secure. (Gov Fresh)
- India is the first major democratic country to request that internet companies institute sweeping content filtering policies. Google, Facebook Twitter, and other companies are slated to present plans for filtering “offensive content” by February 21. (Global Voices)
- Brazil, a co-chair of the OGP, is scheduled to host a meeting of more than 50 participating countries in April. But, they have struggled to secure broad citizen participation in their own OGP plans. (Observing Brazil)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 2/14:
Relevant bills introduced:
- Mobile Technology’s Impact on Political Campaigns in the U.S. and Around the World. Brookings. Tues. 2/14. 2:00-3:30 pm. Falk Auditorium, the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC.