Today in #OpenGov 5/16/2014



National News

  • OpenGov, a data visualization startup that focuses on how governments spend their money, raised $15 million in a new round of funding as they look to expand into Federal markets. (Federal Computer Week)
  • Today in The Singularity: A for-profit university co-founded by prominent futurist Ray Kurzweil formed four separate super PACs this week. Singularity University plans to start using their news toys this year.  (Public Integrity)
  • The Project on Government Oversight is teaming up with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to provide a new avenue for whistleblowers., launched this week, allows employees to anonymously file reports of wrongdoing at the agency. (Government Executive)

International News

  • The European Parliament is moving to make election results available in open formats ahead of upcoming elections. (European Parliament News)
  • Voters unsure about who to send to the European Parliament can turn to the new voting advice app, EU and I. Users respond to a series of policy statements and the app tells them which party most closely aligns with their views. (Tech President)

State and Local News

  • The New York City Council moved to make legislative tracking information and discretionary funding data publicly available in machine-readable formats. (Tech President)
  • The North Carolina Department of Transportation is taking a “data-driven” approach to new road building decisions, hoping that relying on hard numbers and analysis will take politics out of the equation. (Government Technology)

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