Tag: government

by Matthew Schafer

The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, is getting its groove back. That law, intended to secure to “the people” the right “to know what their government is up to,” allows you, me, anyone to request public records from federal agencies. The Supreme Court has cautioned us that it “should not be dismissed as a […] more »

by Meg Dalton

Citizens are made, not born. Attitudes, skills, information — these are all things we learn in our schools and communities and through our parents, leaders, colleagues, friends, and strangers. In this world of information overload, it can be difficult to break through the noise and reach the public to rekindle the ideals of active citizenship. […] more »

by Sarah Lange

Since the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine, civil society has been losing ground, largely without its knowledge, in its ability to effectively organize and mount a non-violent civil resistance movement against corrupt and authoritarian regimes. Its recent government, like many throughout the world, had overwhelmingly gained the power advantage in controlling and monitoring communication through […] more »

by Lisa Evans

The Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Spending platform is a hive of activity and packed full of colorful displays of spending and budgets from all over the world. Its aim is to help track government and corporate financial transactions across the world and present them in useful and engaging forms. For some time now, users have […] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Sam Jacoby, a master’s student in the High-Low Tech research group at the MIT Media Lab, contributed to this report. “Our job is to get government used to the idea of failing.” Nigel Jacobs’ New Urban Mechanics team at Boston’s City Hall has piloted several successful projects since its launch in 2010, from video game-inspired […] more »

by Matt Stempeck

The following is an MIT Center for Civic Media lunch live-blogged by the Center’s Nathan Matias and Rahul Bhargava. Today, we’re hearing from the National Archives and Records Administration about the archives they maintain, how they’re making those archives available online at Archives.gov, and approaches to sharing the archives to broader audiences. Pamela Wright is […] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

Next week [200-plus people will meet](http://fedgeoday.com/) in Washington, D.C., to talk about the latest geospatial technologies and how to break down barriers to get new — and open-source — tools into the government. The government is not usually known for being on the cutting edge of technology, though efforts are improving, and this is particularly […] more »

by Lisa Evans

With the new year just a week away, it’s the time of year when you might be thinking about the calenders you use and wondering how they could work better for you. Just over a month ago, the OpenSpending team floated the idea of an open spending calendar. The idea was to monitor some key […] more »

by Lisa Evans

At OpenSpending we really want to make it easy and fun for journalists to write great stories with data. But what can we do to help? There are already tons of ways for journalists to find newsworthy data. For example, in the U.K. there are daily email alerts for government data releases and even calendars […] more »

by Anu Sridharan

This post was co-written by NextDrop’s Jessica Tsai and Madhusudhan B. NextDrop, which informs residents in India via cell phone about the availability of piped water, has been fortunate enough to have the full and sincere cooperation of Chandru, one of the best valvemen in Hubli. It’s incredibly helpful to work with someone so willing […] more »