Government

Transparency in government
Recently, I created and launched a new website for the Sunlight Foundation called Scout. It's the product I'm the most proud of building in my three years there. It is essentially a search and notification engine for government action. Simple idea, simple presentation, and it's easy to compare... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Jul 2012 by Eric Mill Feed
Transparency
In case you haven't noticed, it's an election year in the United States. And with the election in full swing, there is a plethora of data, from a myriad of sources, about what is on the mind of the electorate, what is driving voters to make their decisions, and how they are likely to vote.
0 comments Posted 24 Jul 2012 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Open Source for America logo
Open Source for America launched a petition Thursday to "Free the Code," an effort to encourage the U.S. federal government to release custom-developed, taxpayer-funded software as open source by default. "Free the Code is an initiative to start a national conversation on taxpayer investments in... Read more
3 comments Posted 23 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
open parliament
For the first time, the European Parliament is about to release one of its own programs as Free Software. The program in question is called AT4AM, short for "Automatic Tool for Amendments". The Parliament is in the business of making laws, and AT4AM automates a lot of the formal stuff associated... Read more
0 comments Posted 18 Jul 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
5 Questions
Meet David A. Wheeler. He's a Research Staff Member for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and a well-known speaker, author, and expert on open source software and security. He helped develop the Department of Defense's open source software policy and FAQ and has written other guidance... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
Donkey elephant oops
A brief tweet from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) recently invited you to see her newly-decorated apartment and head-to-toe fashions. The problem? It wasn't her apartment. The link led to the website of a staffer in her press office and was promptly deleted from Twitter fifty-seven seconds later.... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
An open source city takes shape: The impact of Open Raleigh
In part one of this series, we talked about open government scoring another victory with the City of Raleigh's Open Raleigh initiative. We reviewed the technological components of the open data portal, including ESRI, Granicus, GovDelivery, and SeeClickFix. It's pretty clear that these tools and... Read more
4 comments Posted 10 Jul 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
To compete or collaborate
In Part I, we discussed the Senate Armed Services Committee (SACS)'s attempt to hobble the open source Accumulo project in the DOD. They directed the Department's CIO to jump through a number of reporting hoops before Accumulo would be allowed inside the DOD, and directed the Accumulo team to... Read more
2 comments Posted 9 Jul 2012 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
How would you reboot American government?
In 2008, representatives of the Personal Democracy Forum sent dozens of writers, pundits, politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers, and think-tankers the following prompt:
1 comment Posted 3 Jul 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
An open source city takes shape: Open, online tools and data
Open government scored another victory when the City of Raleigh announced the Open Raleigh initiative—an online repository with open data, web and mobile applications, and links to participatory tools and organizations. It’s all part of Raleigh’s open source strategy focusing on transparency,... Read more
1 comment Posted 27 Jun 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed

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