National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Open Data: Good For Citizens & Government

Governments and citizens across the country and around the world are demonstrating the powerful benefits that can be created by making government data available and accessible to the public.

We see it in the form of increased fiancial transparency in states such as Massachusetts, Maine, and Alabama, which have launched Open Checkbook websites that let residents view how their tax dollars are being spent.

We're also seeing how public access to government information can empower citizens. For example, one citizen recently used Boston's 311 app to help save a possum's life. Additionally, we're seeing economic growth through private industry innovation and public administration support through new and improved election processes. Continue >>>