Today in #OpenGov 10/11/2013


National News

  • A phenomenon called link rot is gaining public attention recently following a report that many links contained in Supreme Court decisions are dead. Now, it turns out that the Federal government may have one of the worst cases of link rot. (FedScoop)
  • Senator and former comedian Al Franken (D-MN) might not be laughing after his Republican challenger announced a big fundraising quarter. Mike McFadden, one of several potential challengers, raised $700,000 and has nearly $1.2 million on hand, which is impressive but doesn’t match Franken’s war chest. (Roll Call)
  • President Obama talked about the McCutcheon v FEC decision during a press conference earlier this week, throwing a bone to his liberal base, but leaving much unsaid. (Public Integrity)

International News

  • Kenya launched an open data portal in the summer of 2011 and after a great deal of initial fanfare has settled into stagnancy. Update’s have slowed to a trickle, traffic is stagnant, and it is losing clout. But all is not lost. (Opening Parliament)

State and Local News

  • Every year New York’s community boards put together wish lists of capital projects in specific neighborhoods, but they don’t necessarily consult the community. A new mapping tool aims to give more people a bigger voice in these conversations. (Open Plans)
  • The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission continued a program launched last year to detail and release data on energy usage in close to 450 municipal buildings, including over 130 controlled by the school district. (eWallstreeter)
  • Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for a variety of corrupt activities that took place during his tenure. One of the toughest public corruption sentences handed down in recent years comes for charges that Kilpatrick rigged contracts, accepted bribes, and more. (Yahoo/AP)

Events Today

  • Does Anticorruption Work? Latvia’s ExperienceGeorge Mason University School of Public Policy. Fri. 10/11. 12:00 – 1:30 pm. GMU, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, Founders Hall, Room 113, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.

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