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Today in OpenGov: The writing’s on the law

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In today's edition, the Senate passes a tax bill under less than transparent circumstances, Congress hosts a hackathon, President Trump takes a fight over documents to the Supreme Court, Canada needs to walk-the-walk on access to information, and more. 

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Increase the social impact of open data with user personas

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Understanding who uses open data and how helps city staff share public information in ways that are most likely to result in social impact. At “Designing for Community Use," our workshop on the What Works Cities on Tour, we helped city officials brainstorm potential users of open data, develop personas, and then use those personas to design improvements to how city halls disclose information.

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Today in OpenGov: Dissolving foundations

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In today's edition, the Trump Foundation meets its end, the FCC plans to roll back net neutrality, now is the time to suggest improvements to the U.S. City Open Data Census, and more.  Meanwhile, Sunlight is at the Open Government Partnership's summit for the Americas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sunlight's deputy director Alex Howard will be discussing the importance of open civic space, while open cities analyst Katya Abazajian will be speaking on open government in cities.

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Looking for open data use cases in Madison, Wisconsin

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Sunlight’s Open Cities team will be in Madison, Wisconsin for two weeks, conducting dozens of interviews as part of our first-ever pilot project for our Tactical Data Engagement work. To that end, if you live or work in Madison and have ideas about these issues, please tell us! Email opencities@sunlightfoundation.com and share your perspectives about how the city could improve how it collects, releases, uses or applies government data.

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