Today in #OpenGov 11/1/2013


National News

  • The Hill’s list of 2013’s top lobbyists includes influencers of all stripes, but not all of them are actually registered as lobbyists. Lobbyist registration fails to take into account new strategies being employed by the influence industry. (The Hill)
  • Big political spending isn’t just for conservative billionaires any more. In 2013 the richest liberal’s are pouring money into policy and election fights to the tune of $25 million so far. (POLITICO)

International News

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee was at the Open Government Partnership Summit to unveil a new Open Data Barometer. The barometer is looking to understand the impact of open data initiatives around the world, analyze global trends, and rate regions and countries. (Future Gov)
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a major steps forward on corporate transparency during his presentation at the Open Government Partnership Summit in London yesterday. He supported public registries of beneficial ownership information, which should make it easier to identify corporate structures and shell companies.  (Open Knowledge Blog)
  • A law being proposed in Japan is raising concerns among advocates for open government and whistleblower rights. The law would expand the definition of official secrets and impose tough penalties, including jail terms, on journalists found guilty of breaking it. (Reuters)

State and Local News

  • A new effort is under way to bring civic innovators and city governments closer together. FastFWD is bringing ten early state civic technology companies to Philadelphia for mentorship and networking with city officials. (Tech President)

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