Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis, including dissapearing court documents, a framework for assesing social value in open data, and news from several governors races.
- Most Inspectors General have complied with a 2012 law that required them to provide information about the rights and protections afforded to whistleblowers and appoint an ombudsman to oversee the effort. However, a new report found that several high profile agencies, including DHS and USAID, have done little to surface relevant information online. (POGO)
- Despite statements decrying the McCutcheon decision, Senate Democrats are embracing the new mega-fundraising committees that arose in its wake. (Public Integrity)
- More than a decade’s worth of documents from four US appeals and one bankruptcy court have been taken offline. The documents were removed as part of an “upgrade” to the PACER system. Don’t worry though, the public interest has been upheld, assuming you can fly to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and DC to request the documents in person. (Ars Technica)
- A new paper in the Future Internet Journal attempts to outline a framework for taking social value into account while open data initiatives make release decisions. (The Gov Lab)
- If Paraguay’s President signs a pending access to information law, the country will become the 100th in the world to institutionalize the Right to Know. (Access Info)
State and Local News
- Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) questionable handling of corruption in his state has cost him the endorsement of the New York Times in the his upcoming reelection bid. (New York Times)
- There is a duel afoot in New Hampshire as both major parties accuse each other of improper spending, fundraising, and campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. (Washington Times)
- Some of Chicago’s open data Gurus sat down with Code for America to discuss the technical aspects of opening data. (Code for America)
- So Close but Yet So Far: Transatlantic democracy promotion and its outcomes in Eastern Europe and the South Caucuses. Elliot School of International Affairs. Wed. 8/27. 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412.
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