Today in #OpenGov 5/28/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including personal data transparency, open data for end users, and potentially dangerous reform in Virginia. series-opengov-today

National News

  • The Federal Trade Commission is pushing for more transparency from data brokers that collect, analyze, and sell personal data from consumers. (New York Times)
  • The NRCC  launched a jumbo joint fundraising committee to help promising challengers and contenders for open seats raise gobs of cash. (Public Integrity)

International News

  • Open data needs to be created with its end users in mind to ensure it doesn’t float unused around the annals of the internet. (The Guardian)

State and Local News

  • Virginia responded to a scandal involving former Governor Bob McDonnell accepting lavish gifts by passing legislation intended to shine a light on public officials’ who do just that. Unfortunately, there are concerns that the law, when implemented, might have the opposite effect. (Washington Post)
  • Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Technology launched a Tumblr blog to track downtime and changes on the Windy City’s data portal. (Smart Chicago)
  • Journalists have been trying to access California State Senator Leeland Yee’s legislative calendar to little avail thanks to a long standing policy against releasing that information. This despite accusations of corruption, arms tracking, and gang activity that have been leveled against the lawmaker. (San Jose Mercury News)

Events Tomorrow 5/29

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