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Facebook’s commitments to transparency before Congress are welcome, but insufficient

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Unless Congress takes more time to understand and then to craft careful remedies, the emerging challenges for open government that Facebook is implicated in – from automated activity to algorithmic transparency to public speech on private platforms to data ethics and protections to anti-trust concerns to artificial intelligence – will most likely be obscured by more sound and fury emanating from Washington that ultimately signifies nothing.

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It’s time for a reboot on open government at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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In 2016, after we highlighted missing data and non-compliance with President Obama's Open Government Directive, the agency committed to restoring public information and producing a new plan. Their promise to us and the American people to produce a self-assessment, progress report and plan for transparency and accountability has not been kept. It's time for a reboot.

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Help document the state of open data and journalism in 2018

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In 2018, we're collaborating on an ambitious new international research project that's assessing the state of open data across a range of issues and themes, culminating in a book that will be introduced at the 5th International Open Government Data Conference in Buenos Aires in the fall of 2018. Please weigh in on all of the history, events, research, organizations, data-driven journalism projects, and other details we missed in our first draft, and get involved in the 21 environment scans that are underway.

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