Today in #OpenGov 1/21/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including steps towards transparency in Georgia, a big blogging decision in California, and some legislation passing the House. series-opengov-today

National News

  • Among other changes to the National Security Agency that President Obama recommended on Friday is a new panel that would review privacy concerns around big data analysis. (Next Gov)
  • New analysis from MapLight suggests that if you’re looking to have access to documents related to Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations it helps to be a major political donor. (Tech Dirt)
  • The House passed legislation that would standardize the disclosure of presidential records. While many transparency groups were thrilled by its passage, there is some concern that the legislation could create loopholes. (FedScoop)

International News

  • Georgia has taken big steps since joining the Open Government Partnership in 2011. The efforts of civil society and government have led to proactive disclosure and the right to make electronic information requests. (Open Society Foundations)
  • India is moving to preserve more digital government records with a new set of standards. The standards should ensure that electronic records are created in a preservable manner. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • Last week, a California court ruled that a blogger should be afforded the same first amendment protections as traditional news media. (E Pluribus Unum)
  • Opinion: Legislation to bring transparency to financial and contractual terms of privatization agreements has been languishing in the Chicago City Council for a year, despite majority support. (Chicago Tribune)

Events 1/21 – 1/24

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