Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including the billion dollar midterms, spreading anti-corruption success in Europe, and hiding public institutions behind corporate doors in Florida.
- Spending on TV ads is expected to top $1 billion over the course of the 2014 midterm election season. (Washington Post)
- K Street firms are gearing up for the possibility of a Republican Senate, staffing up and making sure that their top Republican staff are getting some public attention. (Roll Call)
- A new documentary on Edward Snowden argues that the only way for governments to avoid more embarrassing leaks is to make themselves more transparent. (The Guardian)
- The Czech Republic joined with representatives from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Transparency International to organize a conference exploring anti-corruption efforts in those countries. (Transparency International)
State and Local News
- Three steps to starting or improving open data programs: Start with data that is already public, look for “desire lines” towards data that people want, and go offline and into the real world. (Government Technology)
- Waze, a mapping app recently acquired by Google, is looking to partner with governments to get more public data incorporated into their systems. (CivSource)
- Florida’s 12 public universities are avoiding state public records laws by setting up corporations to oversee everything from athletic programs to dorm construction. (Miami Herald)
- How Data Journalism Drives Results in Developing Countries. Center for International Media Assistance. Wed. 10/15. 12:00 – 2:00 pm. National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC.
Later This Week
- Tech Rising: The influence of social media and new technologies in Afghanistan’s Democracy. United States Institute of Peace. Thurs. 10/16. 9:00 am – 1:30 pm. 2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC.
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