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Louisiana: PAR Releases Guide to the 2016 Constitutional Amendments

October 12, 2016 1:47 PM

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana released the PAR Guide to the 2016 Constitutional Amendments. The Guide explains the potential impact of the six constitutional amendments that the public will consider on the Nov. 8 ballot statewide. This objective review will help voters understand the issues and the potential changes so they may develop their own positions on each proposition. View here. Read more »

Why Open Access Has To Look Up For Academic Publishing To Look Up

October 12, 2016 1:36 PM

In 2011, speaking impassionately to an audience at CERN – one of the world’s largest institutions for nuclear physics research, headquartered in Geneva – Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard Law School and a political activist, highlighted the crisis of access to scientific scholarship. Indeed, over the last six decades, public access to scholarly works has diminished. Works that can be freely searched and read represent only a sliver of the entire wealth of human knowledge. Read more »

Connecticut: Fear of retribution cited for withholding officials’ identities from public

October 12, 2016 1:22 PM

Protecting the identity of current and past New Canaan officials who fear retribution or embarrassment in the community if their true opinions became known is a weightier public interest than letting the identities and opinions be known to the electorate. New Canaan Charter Revision Commission Chairman David Hunt and member Penny Young told a Connecticut Freedom of Information hearing officer on Tuesday that this was a primary reason for the Charter Revision Commission (CRC) withholding such information from the public. Read more »

Maine: Only two of Portland’s 17 legislative candidates have signed an open government pledge

October 12, 2016 1:05 PM

Of the 17 candidates seeking to represent Portland in the Maine Legislature, only two have signed a pledge to support open government if elected. Read more »

White Houses Announces Creation of 29 Open Data Tools

October 11, 2016 12:03 PM

The White House announced the creation of 29 tools Thursday that use Federal and local data to address problems identified by Federal agencies as part of the Opportunity Project, an open data effort to improve economic mobility for all Americans. Read more »

mySidewalk partners with the White House on its open data initiative

October 11, 2016 10:35 AM

Kansas City tech firm mySidewalk is working with the White House. 

The firm on Friday announced its participation in The Opportunity Project, an initiative that will use open data in efforts to expand opportunity for all. Read more »

Leaked Clinton Email Shows Campaign Wanted All Lawmakers To Make Their Emails Public

October 11, 2016 10:27 AM

WASHINGTON ― Hillary Clinton’s campaign team once considering trying to recruit an ally on Capitol Hill to introduce a bill that would end the Freedom of Information Act exemption that applies to members of Congress. Read more »

2015 Traffic Fatalities Data Has Just Been Released: A Call to Action to Download and Analyze

September 1, 2016 2:58 PM


That is the number of people who died on our nation’s highways in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015. Your neighbor driving to work. Your niece walking to the park. Your brother biking home. Every day, nearly 100 people die from vehicle-related accidents. Continue...


NJFOG Press Release: Spotswood School Board meeting minutes don’t make the grade, lawsuit claims

September 1, 2016 2:11 PM

An initial hearing will be held on September 28 in New Brunswick before Middlesex County Assignment Judge Travis L. Francis for a lawsuit alleging that the Spotswood Board of Education has violated the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Read more »

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