2Day in #OpenGov 3/8/2013

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

  • The Spanish ruling party is facing a second major corruption investigation. Courts are investigating allegations that a former party treasurer took cash from construction magnates that was funneled to high level officials. (Trust Law)
  • The fight over the future of the internet continues to rage as countries decide how open they will be and maneuver to exert control. U.S. officials predict that countries like China and Russia will work to monitor communications and take control. (Yahoo/Reuters)
  • Cybersecurity continues to be a hot topic as policy makers struggle to decide the best way to protect against cyber attacks. K street appears to be taking advantage of the ongoing debate. (The Hill)
  • The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, which has more than 250 members in the House and Senate, is closely tied with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation which provides large donors opportunities to wine and dine members of Congress. (New York Times)
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order that will launch The Russian Public Initiative, an e-petitions portal for the federal government. The portal was initially supposed to be developed by Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev but was never implemented. (Tech President)
  • The former Mexican ambassador to the United States is set to lead a new operation being launched by the Podesta Group, one of the top firms on K street. Arturo Sarukhan will head up Global Solutions a “global strategies and risk management company.” (The Hill)

RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:

  • H.R. 982Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013

HAPPENING TODAY 3/8: 

  • Tech@State: Internet Freedom. George Washington Law. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sat. 3/9. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 805 21st Street NW, Jack Morton Auditiorum, Washington, DC 20052.

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