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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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Today in OpenGov: Pardon Me?

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In today's edition, Bethlehem, PA wrote its open data policy with a little help from our "wizard," President Trump considers a pardon, more Facebook fallout in Washington, an open data refresh in the UK, and more.  

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How Baton Rouge is engineering open data for community involvement

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Baton Rouge wants to make sure residents know about new open datasets as soon as they’re available. Leaders see this as a way to keep residents in the know about new resources, as well as an important part of how governments can and should be transparent in a digital era. A new website brings together all this work in one place.

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Today in OpenGov: Enquiries

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In today's edition, Secretary of State hopeful Mike Pompeo's failure to disclose business ties with China may complicate his upcoming confirmation hearing, we join a group letter urging Congress to support the Honest Ads Act, Ohio's House speaker resigns, Hungary closes its civic spaces, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Honesty is the best policy

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In today's edition, Mark Zuckerberg is halfway done with his trip to Capitol Hill, Atlanta announces a new budget transparency effort, a new report takes the Internet's temperature, foreign assistance spending data gets updated, the EPA gets rid of another staffer who pushed back against Scott Pruitt, and more. 

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Today in OpenGov: Inner circles

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In today's edition, the FBI raided President Trump's personal lawyer's office, Mark Zuckerberg faces Congress, D.C. charter schools don't want to share (information), we consider how to shed light on the ways that oligarchs hide their money, and more. 

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