Today in #OpenGov 12/19/2013


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including momentum against corruption in India and a discussion about the value of open data.series-opengov-today

National News

  • Alex Howard shared video from an event held at the New America Foundation exploring the value of open data. The event featured US deputy CTO Nick Sinai, the authors of a McKinsey report on the economic value of open data, and a panel of experts. (E Pluribus Unum)
  • Stories about political money didn’t make the same splash in 2013 that they did during the 2012 election year, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t action. This look back on the year argues that 2013 saw a trend away from transparency and regulation in our campaign finance system.  (Roll Call)

International News

  • The Indian parliament voted to form an anti-corruption agency this week. The vote comes after years of squabbling among ruling politicians, protests by prominent activists, and more recently a successful campaign season from an upstart anti-corruption party. (New York Times)

State and Local News

  • A small fight over access to information played out in Los Angeles, and on Twitter, last week. A new interpretation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act moved the Los Angeles Fire Department to stop posting information about 911 responses on Twitter, but Mayor Eric Garcetti disagreed and insisted the LAFD continue sharing the information. (Digital Communities)
  • New York released a huge dataset with median charges for 1,400 procedures at hospitals around the state. Users immediately found problems with the data, proving the value of making that data open, according to advocates in the state. (Tech President)

Events Today


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