Today in #OpenGov 1/24/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including super PACs for Hillary, traffic tech in the Big Apple, and a new constitution for Tunisia.series-opengov-today

National News

  • The executive editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, took a swipe at the Obama administration in an interview to be aired on Al Jazeera America this Sunday, calling it the “most secretive White House,” that she has covered during her career. (POLITICO)
  • Priorities USA Action, the leading “liberal” super PAC, is throwing its weight behind Hillary Clinton’s hypothetical presidential candidacy. The effort will benefit from some of the data and expertise from President Obama’s successful election bids. (New York Times)

International News

  • Tunisia is nearing completion of its new constitution and TI and their local partner I Watch are monitoring its progress and providing citizens platforms for voicing their opinions on the document. (Transparency International)
  • The Open Contracting Partnership, World Wide Web Foundation, and Omidyar Network are teaming up to work on an “open contracting data standard,” that they hope will help empower “citizens around the world to hold their governments to account for” they money they spend on contracting. (Open Contracting)

State and Local News

  • New York City’s new Mayor Bill De Blasio made cutting down on pedestrian fatalities one of his top priorities. Unfortunately, the city and the NYPD currently don’t release relevant traffic data in particularly useful formats. BetaNYC, the Big Apple’s Code for America brigade, is looking to change that. (Tech President)
  • Open data is spreading across the country and around the world and, unlike a zombie apocalypse, it’s pretty good for citizens and governments. (Information Week)

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