Today in #OpenGov 11/13/2013
- Women are still struggling to fill the most public jobs in politics and government, but there’s one area where they are already exerting their power in large numbers. Political fundraising is a competitive business where women dominate. (National Journal)
- Tom Blanton, longtime FOIA activist and director of the National Security Archive, outlined five challenges he sees facing journalists and transparency advocates as they attempt to open government information. Among them, he highlighted expanding the open data movement and finding sustainable funding sources. (Journalism in the Americas)
- Last Friday, France released their open data action plan stemming from the recent G8 Open Data Charter. France has plans to upgrade their open data portal and the plans lay out data set for release by specific agencies. (Tech President)
- A new whistleblower protection law passed in Hungary lacks some major changes and keeps existing, and lacking, oversight systems in place. One positive outcome may prod companies to set up compliance programs, but not without controversy. (Transparency International)
State and Local News
- Modern city dwellers are remembering what their parents taught them and figuring out ways to share everything from bikes to beds. The “sharing city” benefits from advances in technology that allow interested parties to connect more easily. (Tech President)
- The Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. 10:00 am. 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
- Big data, global diplomacy, and our digital heartbeat. Georgetown University. 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Georgetown University, Mortara Building, Conference Room, 3600 N St. NW, Washington, DC.
- Known-knowns and unknowns about the Internet: Measuring the economic, social, and governance impact of the web. The Elliot School. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. The Elliot School, City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC.
- Innovation in urban development: Incremental housing approaches and big data for smarter cities. The Wilson Center. 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Woodrow Wilson Center, fifth floor, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004.
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