- A new study out of Harvard Law found that the Supreme Court has been editing its legal decisions, sometimes years after the fact. These revisions are not merely grammar or spelling edits, they include “truly substantive changes,” and knowledge of their existence is sold to four legal publishers, but hidden from the public. (E Pluribus Unum)
- The Obama administration is calling public attention to universities that are under investigation over their sexual assault policies. This could lead to similar openness around probes into companies and other organizations facing federal inquiries on a variety of issues. (POLITICO)
- Opinion: Government will always ere towards keeping its secrets secret, even if their release is a public good. It is dangerous to punish journalists who publish classified documents leaked to them by government sources. (Government Executive)
- Over 250 civil society organizations from around the world called on the European Commission to make negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership open and transparent. (Access Info)
State and Local News
- A new report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers explores ways that state’s can move open data efforts into maturity. (pdf) (NASCIO)
- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene worked with Yelp and Columbia over a 9 month period to identify restaurants that were getting people sick. The project resulted in at least three dirty restaurants getting shut down. (Ars Technica)
Events This Week
- 2014 Energy Datapalooza. Department of Energy. Wed. 5/29. 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
- House Legislative Data and Transparency Conference. Committee on House Administration. Thurs. 5/29. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium.
- A Complex Partnership: What declassified documents reveal about America’s role in the Congo from 1960-1968 and the lessons we can draw today. Search for Common Ground. Thurs. 5/29. 9:30 – 11:00 am. Johns Hopkins SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC.