- As part of its reaction to the revelations stemming from Edward Snowden’s NSA data release, the White House is planning to look at the broader privacy implications of big data, not just in intelligence and law enforcement. (MIT Technology Review)
- Following their failed attempt to merge with AT&T, T-Mobile has been stepping up its lobbying in an attempt to grow its market share and compete with its larger competitors. There are some signs that this increased spending, $5.2 million in 2013, has been working for the company. (Public Integrity)
- As open data gains popularity, it is important to focus on areas of the problem that have not been full thought out. This author highlights four, including funding and usability, that need to be developed further. (London School of Economics)
State and Local News
- Open data can be an overwhelming concept for regular citizens trying to get involved with their governments. This post begins to outline a theory of “popular data,” and a plan for popular education about data. (MIT Center for Civic Media)
Events 1/27 – 1/31
- Civic innovation, can it save our democracy? New America Foundation. Tues. 1/28. 4:00 – 6:00 pm. 1899 L Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036.
- The open internet: Where do we go from here? Progressive Policy Institute. Wed. 1/29. 9:30 -11:00 am. Sofitel Hotel, Paris Ballroom, 806 15th Street NW, Washington, DC.
- Regulatory capture: Preventing pervasive corruption of the public interest. Center for American Progress. Thurs. 1/30. 9:00 am – 10:30 am. 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005.
- Corruption & Abuse in Sochi Olympics. Press Club. Thurs. 1/30. 9:30 – 11:00 am. National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045.
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