Today in OpenGov: TCamp comes to Cleveland, the money behind Tim Kaine and more



TRANSPARENCYCAMP 2016, HELLO CLEVELAND: Breaking out of the Beltway, this year’s TCamp, Sunlight’s annual unconference, will be in Cleveland on Oct. 14-15. [READ MORE]

Why Cleveland? We wanted to host this TransparencyCamp in a town with strong grassroots organizers and clear problems its community is trying to solve. We looked across the United States, talking to our friends and allies. We looked for a place where people are dedicated to open government and innovation and the possibilities they offer. We wanted to connect with an amazing library system, close to multiple schools and universities.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s newsletter will be produced by Drew Doggett. Feel free to send him news, ideas, data, analysis, events and feedback at or @TheDoggett.


  • FOLLOW THE MONEY BEHIND POTENTIAL VP TIM KAINE: Throughout his time in politics, Tim Kaine has certainly seen his share of campaign money — we examined the cash behind his extensive career. [Sunlight]
  • FBI WEARY TO WARN DNC ON RUSSIA THREAT: “Report: FBI was silent on Russian threat in warnings to DNC” [The Hill]


  • WRITING ON WIKILEAKS: Joel Simon writes how journalists can cover hacks without allowing themselves to be manipulated by the hackers. [Columbia Journalism Review]
  • ERROR: UNABLE TO UPGRADE: “The U.S. government is spending more than $81 billion on information technology. But only about 24% is spent overall on new systems, with the rest being used to maintain old systems,” writes Patrick Thibodeau. [ComputerWorld]


  • JEH SAYS IT’S NOT OK: “Jeh Johnson said the Obama administration is considering ways to further protect the system from a cyber attack,” writes John Stanton. [BuzzFeed]
  • GET OFF MY LAWN, ER, BROADBAND: Comcast recently told the FCC it doesn’t have the authority to regulate plans requiring users to pay more in exchange for not having their data used by their provider. [The Hill]

State and local

  • NY REFUSES TO RELEASE RECORDS: Reclaim New York filed a suit against the towns of Islip and Babylon and the Southampton school district to force compliance with transparency laws. [Reclaim New York]
  • BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED TECH: Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai get up close and personal with the digital divide in West Virginia. [Register Herald]
  • DIGITAL DOWNTOWN: Many cities want the benefits of new technology, but Kansas City, MO, is taking another step forward and testing the Internet of Things across the city. [Data Smart City Solutions]

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