2Day in #OpenGov 6/4/2013


by Carrie Tian, policy intern


  • State agencies across the nation are having discussions about reducing public access to personal information about politicians. In recent months, families of local leaders have been attacked in their homes. (Government Technology)
  • France is revising its anti-piracy law, removing Internet cut-offs as the most severe punishment, and considering alternative recommendations, such as a 1% tax on all devices with Internet capabilities. (Ars Technica)
  • As states prepare for the launch of their health exchanges under the ACA, they are hindered by the complexities of the new federal data hub, which would allow citizens to put in their personal information and receive an estimate of their healthcare subsidies. The federal data hub will ultimately need to interact with such disparate agencies as the IRS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. (Government Technology)
  • New legislation from Singapore requires that heavily-trafficked internet news sources apply for state licenses, which include the condition that the sites remove prohibited content within 24 hours of government notification. (Tech President)
  • As the court-martial of Bradley Manning – who released hundreds of thousands of military documents to Wikileaks – begins, the conversation continues to revolve around casting Manning as a whistle-blower or an abetter of Al-Qaeda. (New York Times)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has released its 2011 Medicare data for the pricing of 30 common procedures, further revealing the large pricing spread even within the same regions. (Politico)
  • Mainstream social media sites, such as Youtube and Flickr, allow politicians to connect directly with their constituents, but this new access jeopardizes the existence of critical political reporting. (Washington Post)



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