- A group of 80 law professors are calling on President Obama to open up the Trans-Pacific Partnership process. In the wake of recent major leaks, they argue that the closed negotiation process is not working. (Tech Dirt)
- The cable industry’s major trade association the National Cable and Telecommunications Association dipped its toes into the dark money game in 2012, spreading relatively small donations around to a number of groups that spent huge amounts to oppose President Obama. (Public Integrity)
- The House Ethics Committee has ended its investigation into trips to Taiwan taken by Reps. Peter Roskam and Bill Owens. Owens, whose trip was closely tied with a lobbying group, had already paid back the cost of his trip. (POLITICO)
- The Open Data Institute has signed an agreement with South Korea’s National Information Society Agency to pursue collaboration in open data. (FutureGov)
- Interested in learning how the money flows through the Nigerian extractives industry? You’ll have a chance on December 7, when the Open Knowledge Foundation hosts a webinar on the topic. (Open Knowledge Blog)
State and Local News
- Orange County, California has experienced a number of dog bite incidents in recent months and is considering displaying their data on an interactive map in an attempt to combat the problem. (Government Technology)
- Democrats are often seen as being opposed to campaign finance deregulation in the wake of the Citizens United decision. But, last year Unions and other left leaning groups used it to their advantage, specifically successfully targeting state elections. (Roll Call, Public Integrity)
- Big data keynote speaker series: Data + foreign policy with Michael Leiter, former director of NCTC. Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Mon. 11/18. 6:30 pm. Johns Hopkins SAIS, Rome Building, Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
- Strengthening government oversight: Examining the roles and effectiveness of oversight positions within the Federal workforce. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Tues. 11/19. 2:30 pm. Subcommittee on Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce. 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building.
- Publishing open data at USAID: Improving transparency and impact. Society for International Development. Wed. 11/20. 12:-1:30 pm. Bread for the World, 425 3rd Street, SW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC.
- The ethics of lobbying. Georgetown University. Fri. 11/22. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Georgetown University, Rafik B. Hairir Building, Fisher Colloquium, 37th st and O st, NW, Washington, DC.
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