Today in #OpenGov 5/9/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including big spending corporate PACs, open data in Hong Kong, and collision data in New York City.series-opengov-today

National News

  • With the 2014 election still months aways, four corporate PACs have already given more than $2 million each. Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and AT&T top the list. (Roll Call)
  • The EPA’s Inspector General is taking shots at a small office within the agency. The IG’s office testified before a House committee this week, saying that the EPA’s Office of Homeland Security has gone beyond its purview and refused to share information. (The Washington Post)

International News

  • Open Data Hong Kong, a volunteer run group of open data activists, is hosting a conversation about their work. (Open Knowledge)
  • London is launching a pilot program to put cameras on patrol officers. A study done by the selected manufacturer found that the cameras significantly decreased citizen complaints and incidents where force was used. (Ars Technica)

State and Local News

  • The NYPD is releasing detailed collision data as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic deaths in the city. (Tech President)
  • The California assembly passed a bill that would ban lobbyists from hosting fundraisers at their homes or offices. (Washington Times)

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