Government

The administration in the Austrian capital, Vienna, is expanding its use of open source solutions, including on its workstations, because of new requirements, open data, budget constraints and the major shift towards smartphones and tablets. "Open source helps to solve IT vendor lock-in situations... Read more
5 comments Posted 26 May 2014 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
Not long ago, the working definitions of "open government" and "open data" barely overlapped. Open government was all about holding up government to public scrutiny via Watergate-era methods—namely, making sure that meetings were held in public and that agencies responded to requests for... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 May 2014 by Waldo Jaquith Feed
Simply put, the Code for America (CfA) Accelerator changed our company’s future. We had been on track for increasing sales and product development, and had already raised some angel funding, but from the first day, CfA’s staff and mentors brought us to new heights of understanding what we were... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 May 2014 by Nick Selby Feed
Open government isn't a new concept. Thanks to the proliferation of the printing press, the Age of Enlightenment blasted through Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries and brought demands for new rights: free speech, assembly, and, of course, the freedom of the press.
0 comments Posted 21 May 2014 by Michael Harrison Feed
citizen participation in open government
By guest author Kelsey Foster Scandals, mismanagement, and back-room deals; the City of New Orleans has long endured a legacy of opaque policies and decision-making processes closed to its citizens. A historic disconnect caused by the city’s lack of available information has led to generations of... Read more
0 comments Posted 21 May 2014 by Sunlight Foundation Feed
open data
In 2007, Colin Drane wanted to know more about the crime that was happening in his Baltimore neighborhood. Utilizing the momentum of the open government movement, he founded SpotCrime, a public facing crime mapping and email alert website that collects public crime data from police agencies around... Read more
1 comment Posted 21 May 2014 by Brittany Suszan Feed
To a technology director at the White House, the State of the Union is like the Superbowl. While the world is watching the President of the United States deliver an address to the nation, Leigh Heyman and his team are managing the media technology behind the scenes to create an enhanced and... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 May 2014 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Authored by Hollie Russon Gilman, Georgia Bullen, Laurenellen McCann, and Alissa Black Open government is a critical dimension to democracy. It is also difficult. If it were easy, our work would be over. Yet, open government by its nature needs constant iteration. Open government, much like open... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 May 2014 by Hollie Russon Gilman Feed
open source code
Before open data, there was FOIA. Beginning in 1967, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) empowered the public to request access to government documents. Unfortunately, some branches of government quickly began to push back, and within the decade the infamous phrase "can neither confirm... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 May 2014 by Tamara Manik-Perlman Feed
Hirschgarten, in the west of Munich, is one of Europe's biggest beer gardens, with over 8,000 places to sit. It's a spectacular sight in summer: hundreds of benches as far as the eye can see, trees providing some shelter from the heat, and a vast number of people relaxing and enjoying the city's... Read more
16 comments Posted 16 May 2014 by Linux Voice Feed

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