Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including an attack on open financial data in the House, censorship in Russia, and the difference between open data and transparency in New York.
- The House Ethics Committee turned to its own rank while looking for a new Staff Director. Tom Rust, who previously served the committee in a variety of less prominent roles, was promoted to staff director and chief counsel. (Roll Call)
- Former Lobbyist David Jolly won the special election to fill a Florida House seat this week, becoming the second former lobbyist to win a major election this year. (POLITICO)
- The House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would exempt large numbers of small and medium companies, totaling 60% of all U.S. firms, from reporting their financial statements to the SEC in open formats. (Data Transparency Coalition)
- Russia shut down three opposition news portals as well as the personal blog of high profile opposition leader Alexey Navalny. (Global Voices)
- School children in Bangladesh were exposed to a day long lession on corruption, that taught them about its dangers in a fun and engaging way…with cartoons! (Transparency International)
- On the 25th anniversary of the world wide web’s founding one of it’s fathers, Tim Berners-Lee, is calling for a digital “Magna Carta,” arguing that the independent architecture and freedom that the Internet was founded on is under great strain. (Ars Technica)
State and Local News
- Philadelphia is embracing GitHub as a way to share its data releases. (Technical.ly Philly)
- Open data and transparency are not necessarily the same thing. “A government can produce a huge amount of open data without being transparent.” New York State has both, but is missing transparency in a few key spots. (Reinvent Albany)
Events Today 3/14
- National Freedom of Information Day. Newseum. Fri. 3/14. 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Knight Conference Center, Washington, DC 20001.