Today in #OpenGov 10/2/2013


National News

  • A number of privacy advocates are urging the House bipartisan Privacy Working Group to hold their meetings with tech companies in the open. The working group held its first meeting last week and has 10 more scheduled. (The Hill)
  • Former Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) clearly likes seeing his name in the newspapers, but isn’t so happy when it pops up in fundraising emails sent by potential political opponents. Brown, who is reportedly looking to return to the Senate via New Hampshire, where he vacations, attacked a fundraising email sent by Current New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D), calling it “shameful” to use his potential candidacy to raise money. (POLITICO)
  • There were plenty of stories yesterday detailing the varying effects of the government shut down, including which agencies and which websites would go dark. A spot check of 56 Federal websites indicates that only 10 will go entirely dark, although others will be partially inaccessible. (ars techinca)

International News

  • There are many dedicated hobbyists creating tools with open government data, but so far few of them have transferred their ideas into sustainable, successful business models. A recent workshop held in Uruguay by the World Bank Group’s Open Finances Team aimed to provide advice for open data nerds looking to take their ideas into a new realm. (World Bank Open Data Blog)

State and Local News

  • Looking for “a comprehensive history” of open data in Chicago? Check out this blog post. (Data-Smart City Solutions)
  • Oakland keeps up its week of good open gov news with a new web app aimed at helping the city manage and track incoming public records requests. RecordTrac allows users to track the progress of their requests and publicly archives all fulfilled requests. (Code for America)
  • Newly released emails appear to indicate that Michael Bloomberg has followed in the footsteps of numerous public officials and used a private email account for some not-so-private business. The outgoing New York Mayor and billionaire exchanged emails with a deputy mayor using an email address. (DNAInfo)

Events Today

Events Tomorrow

  • Cybersecurity Summit. Washington Post Live. Thurs. 10/3. 8:30 a.m. – noon. Washington Pos, t1150 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20071
  • Rethinking International Anti Money Laundering Regime. American University Washington College of Law. Thurs. 10/3. 4:30 – 6 p.m. AU Washington College of Law, WCL, 6th Floor Lounges, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

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