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Enhancing access to government at CityCamp Colorado

Enhancing access to government at CityCamp Colorado

CityCamp Colorado 2011 aims to bring together people like yourself to share ideas around this years theme, "Enhancing Access to Government." On Friday, October 28, 2011, the 2nd Annual CityCamp Colorado unconference will be held at the Jefferson County Administrative building (a.k.a. The Taj Mahal). Register for the event to reserve your spot, because space is limited.

Why do we want to enhance access to our government? » Read more

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Hack4Reno: Open government with a shared purpose

Hack4Reno - Open government with a shared purpose

Hack4Reno is a 24-hour hackathon being held on October 15-16, 2011. But you don't need to hack on code to be part of this movement. The goal is to build things that make Reno better by demonstrating the value of open data and open government. This event allows developers, designers, and citizens to learn new technology, showcase their talent, and, ultimately, build new applications that help make Reno a smarter, more engaged place to live. » Read more

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Fixing your community one click at a time

Fixing your community one click at a time

No matter where you live or how big your community is, you probably see a few things that could be improved. Maybe you don't know who to call or email. Perhaps you think someone else will report it (or already has). Those unknowns go away with a simple technology that eliminates anxiety and empowers everyday citizens to improve their community. » Read more

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Open states: Transparency for state governments using open data

Open states: Transparency for state governments using open data

Where do you start to standardize legislative information for all 50 United States? Blazing an open data trail for one state government isn't easy, so shifting 50 must be nearly impossible. Or is it? The Open State Project is making progress towards the impossible—and closing in on the goal.

When I first heard about this project I thought, that's cool—I wonder how they do it? Then I thought, this must be a nightmare. Can you imagine trying to scrape, sanitize, and standardize data from hundreds of different sources? » Read more

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How to build an open data initiative for your city

How to build an open data initiative for your city

Montréal Ouvert is a citizens’ initiative to obtain a formal open data policy for the city of Montréal, Canada. Launched by four Montrealers in August 2010 to mobilize public and political support for the adoption of an open data policy for the city of Montreal, it has had considerable success. The online presence includes 567 Facebook Fans, 743 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of visits to its website. Over 1 year, Montréal Ouvert organised three public meetings, two hackathons, and presented at over 8 conferences – not to mention blogging, tweeting, report writing, media interviews and general communication in both official languages – no easy task! » Read more

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Open government dead - pass the beer nuts...

Open government dead - pass the beer nuts...

The date on the tombstone - September 15. Open gov that was shouted from the rooftops on Obama’s first day died last week with barely a whisper - far from the headlines. The Senate approps subcommittee slashed $11 million from the House allocation, already $15 million under FY2010 funding. Transparency advocates like Sunlight are openly mourning the passing. But, the real question here is, does anybody really care? » Read more

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Open government communities survey--be counted

Open government communities survey--be counted

If you’re involved in open government, I encourage you to participate in this first informal open government communities survey. The objective of the short survey is to create a view of the broad community of constituents that comprise the open government movement, with a special interest in understanding the interplay and influence of open source software and the open source community in forwarding their objectives. » Read more

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Internet censorship in Slovak republic

Internet censorship in Slovak republic

Last week, the Slovak Ministry of Finance proposed a revision of communication law by extending it to create a list of websites to be banned by all Slovak Internet service providers (ISPs). Even more disturbing, this list would be maintained by the tax office in Bratislava, a governmental office. Long story short, under this proposal, the tax office would have the power to dictate which websites are blocked and which are not. » Read more

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Australia and New Zealand governments launch open technology initiative

Australia and New Zealand governments launch open technology initiative

The Open Technology Foundation (OTF) is a collaborative initiative that delivers results through a close relationship between the government sector, information and communications technology (ICT) industry, and academia across Australia and New Zealand. It will be a conduit to other similar peak bodies internationally where open technologies supported by local industry are mainstream in their public sectors. There is a wealth of knowledge and experiences which can be shared with us and vice-versa–"a global sharing alliance." » Read more

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Poll: Should information generated from government funded projects be publicly available?

Should any and all information generated with government funding be publicly ava

What do you think? Does the information paid for by taxes in a democracy belong to the people who helped pay for it? Or maybe governments have a right to keep secrets and an interest in doing so--everything can't be open. » Read more

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