The final version of the federal blueprint on open government for 2014-16 remains silent on updating the 32-year-old Access to Information law, despite public pleas during several consultations — including a recent round of public feedback on a...
18F has quietly become the bleeding edge of the US federal government's adoption of open source software. Read about the benefits and challenges of open source going mainstream.
Open source could help drive collaboration:
"There's a clear progression that nearly every government agency goes through, from consuming open source, to publishing open source (as a one-way broadcast), to collaborating on open source (either their own projects, or others)," said Balter. "A similar progression is also seen from open source (geeks), to open data (geek consumed, but produced by wonks), and open government policy (fully wonks).
Just three years after the launch of the platform, which allows citizens to gather signatures on a petition for a certain cause, from the development of a Death Star to action on gun control, the White House announced Thursday the launch of an...
Government-released open data has generated a host of new climate-change related apps, the challenge is to make it clear and usable (Government-released #opendata is fueling a whole new level of innovation in sustainability.
Local government officials team up to develop standards and a data repository for 311 centers.
“The data that’s collected now allows us to say ‘Here are the issues, here are the questions and here are the changes that we need to make in regard to our response to targeted [neighborhoods],” Lue said.
The average four-year-old girl asks 390 questions per day, mostly to her mother. Yep, you read that right. Three hundred ninety. Sorry, Mom. Warren Berger, our keynote speaker at GovLoop’s State and Local Innovators Virtual Summit and author of A More Beautiful Question, said this number isn’t all that surprising. At that young age, children... Read more »
"There are a lot of reasons we stop asking questions. Some of them have to do with our natural development. But another main factor is the way our education systems, and eventually our work environments, reward inquiry. That is to say, they don’t."
Question everything. Reward those who ask questions. In seeking the answers to questions, we make a better world.
There’s an old trick that experienced Canadian journalists frequently use with great success: If you're covering an international event and want to know what the Canadian government really thinks, ask the Americans.
Not only are they almost always more than willing to tell you what they think, they'll tell you what the Canadian government thinks and says as well. Of course, what they say might be coloured by U.S. interests — but if that’s all a journalist can get because of Canadian stonewalling, that’s what will be reported.
It comes down to a difference in fundamental philosophies about democracy between authorities in the two countries. In the United States the belief at all levels of government is that the public has a right to know, unless there's an overriding reason to keep information secret.
Christopher Waddell is an associate professor and director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. He also holds the school’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism. He is a veteran of the CBC and Globe and Mail newsrooms:
"The police asked us all to be vigilant, to send them pictures or tips — but they told us nothing about what was going on, leaving the usual stew of truth and rumours to fill the void.
It’s been 44 Octobers since Canadians were last confronted with a terrorist crisis like this. In that time, “Just watch me” has been replaced by, “Just trust us”.
Yesterday’s performance from those at the top gave Canadians little reason for trust."
SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is good government Henry Herald Simply speaking, government cannot be of, by and for the people unless it is before the people. It should never be forgotten that government belongs to the governed, not the governing.
James Madison once said, "A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. (RT @nfoic: Editorial from @SentandEnt on Why Youy Should Care about #OpenGov.