STATE OF THE STATES: Sunlight’s Richard Yarrow dug into the U.S. Open Data Census and came up with an insight: open data indicators frequently are correlated with the population of a municipality. “In other words, whether one is looking at the overall scores on the US City Open Data Census or at expert evaluations of a city’s open data program, cities with larger populations tend to do better at implementing open data.” [READ MORE]
— Political Party Time (@SFpartytime) July 20, 2016
ONLINE: The Library of Congress’ websites are back online after fending off a denial of service attack over the past 48 hours. “This was a massive and sophisticated DNS assault, employing multiple forms of attack, adapting and changing on the fly,” wrote the Library’s CIO, Bernard Barton Jr. “We’ve turned over key evidence to the appropriate authorities who will investigate and hopefully bring the instigators of this assault to justice.” [InfoDocket]
- The Federal Election Commission added new features to the beta version of its website.
- The Office of the Director of National Intelligence posted a statement to Tumblr to accompany a Table of EO 12333 AG Guidelines that provides information about the Justice Department’s rules for using Executive Order 12333, the framework for the U.S. national intelligence efforts. The table was developed last year, as part of “the ongoing dialogue between the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the Intelligence Community.” [ICOnTheRecord]
- Speaking of the FEC, Commissioner Ann Ravel argued in an op-ed that the states have a role in bringing dark money to light. [LA Times]
- The Office of Government Information Services asked for help documenting the power of the Freedom of Information Act for the next generation. [Archives.gov]
State and Local
- A federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act. [Texas Tribune]
- Speaking of Texas, El Paso held an open government seminar today. [El Paso Times]
- The Smart Chicago Collaborative is partnering with the City of Detroit, Data Driven Detroit, and Microsoft to build a Civic User Testing Group in Detroit. [Smart Chicago]
- Jessica Singleton, announcing that she was moving on from her post as chief digital officer for the City of New York, reflected on her tenure. [Medium]
— Open Gov Partnership (@opengovpart) July 20, 2016
- President Barack Obama touted the Open Government Partnership at today’s Global Development Summit in DC. [White House]
- Speaking of the Open Government Partnership, the multilateral global initiative is asking for governments and civil society organizations to send them videos describing “concrete examples” of achievements, challenges and visions for the future in English, French and Spanish. If you have them, please share! [OGP]
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