Today in #OpenGov 11/10/2014


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  • The FBI is pushing Congress for more surveillance power and functions, arguing that current privacy trends will make it more difficult to carry out investigations and enforce the law. (GovTech)
  • Technology is also being used to monitor the government with a new app from ACLU that allows users to record a video of their interactions with police when they feel their rights are being violated. (GovTech)
  • President Barack Obama is weighing in on the net neutrality issue, presenting a plan for the FCC to classify broadband Internet as a telecommunication service and allow for regulation. (National Journal)

International News

  • Open Steps is working to create a directory of open knowledge in countries around the world, including open data efforts and more. (Open Knowledge Foundation blog)

State and Local News

  • Unreliable data, corrupt records, and potential long-term negative impacts on college opportunities were just some of the effects of a new student records system for Los Angeles schools, according to a report reviewing the problem-ridden rollout of the program. Now the schools are working to address the data problems and try to correct what went wrong. (GovTech)
  • State laws on broadband access are hindering the spread of the technology, in some places. The FCC can override those state laws, but the question is what the federal body is willing to exert that authority over states. (New York Times)

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