Today in #OpenGov 9/22/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including keeping private data private, trying to reform FIFA, and some transparency from the Port Authority. 

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National News

  • Tech companies are moving to make everyone’s data safe, from criminals and the government alike. New Apple and Android devices will encrypt data automatically. (The Hill)
  • The Administrative Office of the Courts is moving to put years worth of court documents back on the PACER system. Unfortunately, these documents will still be locked up behind a paywall. (Ars Technica)

International News

  • What is the next step for open data? It may be in finding ways to make corporate data with the potential for public good more accessible. (GovLab)
  • FIFA has made some organizational reforms, but the international body that governs soccer needs to go further to repair its damaged reputation and turn into an accountable organization. (Transparency International)
  • In advance of upcoming Nigerian elections a new website maps election observation data from the country’s last general election in 2011. (NDI)

State and Local News

  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to create an access to information policy and abide by the FOI laws of New York and New Jersey. There is legislation pending in both state’s that would have done just that, but some lawmakers want even stronger reforms on the traditionally secretive authority. (
  • The Department of Justice and the Pentagon don’t seem to be communicating about policies that put powerful weapons in local police departments. Even when local departments have been investigated for civil rights violations, they are eligible to get surplus weaponry from the DoD. (POLITICO)

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