Today in #OpenGov 3/20/2014
Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including soft money, shell companies, and startups.
- RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called for the reintroduction of “soft money” to help political parties pay for their conventions, after federal assistance was recently cut off. (Washington Post)
- The White House is launching climate.data.gov, aimed at making environmental data easier to understand with a focus on showing people the potential effects of global warming. (New York Times)
- C-SPAN launched 35 years ago yesterday. The network’s founding CEO stepped down from the top spot in 2012, but, like the network, is still going strong. (National Journal)
- NDI is out with a new report on transparency and parliamentary cooperation with civil society. (NDI)
- One step towards eliminating corruption around the world is crushing the networks of shell companies, often set up to hide illegal or unsavory activity. (Transparency International)
- Updates to TheyWorkForYou.com make it easier for folks in Britain to see how their MP’s voted on various issues. (mySociety)
State and Local News
- Philadelphia has selected ten startups to participate in its FastFWD program. The groups will be given $10,000 along with access to city officials and data in order to work on city related projects. (Government Technology)
Events Today 3/20
- It’s Sunshine Week! Check out the calendar for a comprehensive roundup of all this week’s related events.
- National Security Whistleblower Panel. AU School of Public Affairs. Thurs. 3/20. 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.
- The Unknown Known. Private Pre-release Screening. Sunlight Foundation and Project on Government Oversight. Thurs. 3/20. 6:30 – 9:00 pm. E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004.
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