2Day in #OpenGov 11/21/12




  • Waiting for changes at FEC: Five of the six members of the Federal Election Commission are serving on expired terms. Some are looking to President Barack Obama to fill those seats with people who might be inclined to reform campaign finance. The commissioners with expired terms can be replaced any time. (Public Integrity)
  • Federal agencies could be overly optimistic on IT: Some federal agencies may be presenting an overly optimistic picture of their IT progress, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.  (Information Week)
  • Senator denies supporting email searches without warrants: U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and his staff are clarifying that he does not support warrantless email searches by the federal government after an article suggested otherwise. Leahy is advocating for revisions to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, which could come up for a committee vote next week. (The Hill 
  • White House petition platform holds potential: The White House’s petition platform, which has gained buzz lately due to a number of secession petitions, could be a starting point for engaging in more public discourse about the future of the country. (TechPresident, opinion)
  • More charges filed in bribery and hacking scandal: Two former confidants to the British Prime Minister have been charged with conspiring to pay public officials for information that was later printed in The Sun. Access to a royal phone directory was one goal of the conspiracy, which grew to include phone hacking.  (Yahoo)
  • UK politician sues 10,000 Twitter users: A United Kingdom politician is suing more than 10,000 Twitter users for sharing libelous claims that he was involved in a sex abuse scandal. The claim, generated by a BBC program, was proven false. (MediaBistro)


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