Open Government projects receive more than $3.2 million as winners of Knight News Challenge

From Knight Foundation:  CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – (June 24, 2013) – Knight Foundation today named eight projects as winners of the Knight News Challenge on Open Gov, awarding the recipients more than $3.2 million for their ideas.

The projects will provide new tools and approaches to improve the way people and governments interact. They tackle a range of issues from making it easier to open a local business to creating a simulator that helps citizens visualize the impact of public policies on communities.

“While technology has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, it is only beginning to affect the civic sphere,” said Michael Maness, Knight Foundation’s vice president for journalism and media innovation. “We see a tremendous opportunity in developing new technologies and approaches that can reinvent the way people relate to their governments, provide journalists the information they need and ultimately strengthen our democracy.” Maness announced the winners June 24 at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference at the MIT Media Lab.

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