Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including big spending on digital political ads, more on Todd Park’s career change, and a state checkbook in Ohio.
- Digital advertising is up big this election season. Digital advertising is expected to be up over 1,000 percent since 2010, when tablet computers were just getting started. (POLITICO)
- The FBI has updated their record system to house more than 30 million records and 80 million fingerprint cards digitally. (NextGov)
- Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is stepping down. What does that mean for the future of Federal technology efforts and the position itself? (Washington Post)
- Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century examined the perils of widening inequality around the world, but what about corruption? This post goes into that “elephant in the room”. (Transparency International)
State and Local News
- Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel is lobbying heavily for legislation that would put the “state checkbook” online. The plan is based on programs in place in Texas, Nebraska, and Idaho. (Hudson Hub Times)
- The Guardian, the Oklahoma Observer, and the ACLU are teaming up to pursue greater access to information about executions performed by the state in the wake of a high profile botched attempt earlier this year. (Washington Post)
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