Today in #OpenGov 8/29/2013



  • Victoria Espinel, who charmed copyright activists as well as industry players during her time leading intellectual property enforcement efforts for the Federal government, is taking a new job as president and CEO of BSA – the Software Alliance. The trade group supports IP protection and cloud computing and represents firms like Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, and more. (Federal Computer Week)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina is taking a giant leap forward in the realm of open and accessible government. This week, the city announced that it will license all of it’s digital content under a Creative Commons 2.5 license, ensuring that the information will be free for public dissemination and reuse. (Code for America)
  • Marco Rubio is distancing himself from his Tea Party base, but not from his southern roots, with a high dollar fundraiser at Hill Country BBQ next month. The Senator, and likely 2016 presidential candidate, will try to add to the list of big money interests, including Google, Verizon, the National Association of Manufacturers, and plenty more, that have already donated to his cause(Roll Call)
  • Cory Booker is going to California, to schmooze with, and raise money from, some big Hollywood names including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. This will be the Newark Mayor/future Senator/possible superhero‘s second big Hollywood fundraiser. (POLITICO)
  • The cozy relationship between the Heritage Foundation and the Republican Study Committee has been tested in recent months as former Senator and current Heritage head Jim DeMint pulls the organization in a more political direction. Recently, the RSC barred heritage staff from it’s meetings following a clash over votes on agriculture policy. (National Journal)
  • Honda is revving up its efforts to change the course of consumer safety regulations. The automaker joined a coalition of off-road vehicle manufacturers and upped its lobbying presence in an effort to kill some new regulations. (The Hill)


  • Privacy and Liberty. Heritage. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Lehrman Auditorium. 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002.

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