Here is your look at #OpenGov news for 12/10/2013, including a potential end to public financing of elections, new Trans-Pacific Partnership documents, secrecy in the Garden State, and more.
- The House is going to vote on legislation this week that would end public financing for presidential elections. Most major candidates participated in the program through 2004, but more recently it has been shunned by candidates able to raise huge amounts. (Roll Call)
- Brookings is out with a new study that argues the quality of Congressional investigations has been on the rise since the Watergate scandal. (Fierce Government)
- Since his time in the House, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has been asking cell phone carriers for information about the information requests they receive from law enforcement agencies. This year, carriers reported more than 1 million requests, leading Markey to explore changes that would make the process more transparent and consistent. (Roll Call)
- Civil Society groups and journalists are protesting a harsh new media law being considered by the Kenyan parliament. They have said they plan to take the law to court if it passes. (All Africa)
- A group of Civil Society Organizations are organizing a petition urging the UK government to inject transparency into their corporate lobbying regime. (Open Knowledge)
- Wikileaks has released another set of documents related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. About a month ago it was an entire chapter of the agreement, this time it is a set of documents related to the current round of talks taking place in Singapore. (The Verge)
State and Local News
- Chris Christie is holding back documents related to federal recovery funds doled out to his state in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Journalists and activists have had to turn to lawsuits to pry the documents loose. (USA Today)
- Education reformers are turning to technology to change the way schools work. New York’s open data policy and subsequent data releases have helped technologists use city data to make their projects work. (Education Week)
- Amnesty, Impunity, and Archives in El Salvador. The Washington Office on Latin America. Tues. 12/10. 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Washington Office on Latin America, 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20009.
- The Civic Innovator: A conversation with NDI’s 2013 Democracy Award Recipients. NDI. Wed. 12/11. 12:00 – 2:00 pm. National Democratic Institute, 455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC.
- Continued Oversight of US Government Surveillance Authorities. Senate Judiciary. Wed. 12/11. 2:00 pm. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226.
- Improper Payments and Identity Theft. House Ways and Means. Wed. 12/11. 1:00 pm. Longworth House Office Building, Room 1100. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight.
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