5 reasons why good governments should embrace open data

Jonathan Reichental is the CIO of the City of Palo Alto, Calif., and one of the world’s leading proponents of open data. Why is he so big the idea of giving citizens access to the data their governments collect? Because even in times of recession and debt, he said on our Structure Show podcast this week, the one thing governments always have in abundance is data. And it belongs to the people.

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How California got D minus in government transparency

From SF Gate:

California, home of so much brilliance and innovation, should be ashamed that Texas and Kentucky lead the nation in using the tools of technology to make their government spending more transparent to their citizens. Even worse is that 35 other states scored higher than California in a recent analysis by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

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Redding denies records request for REU investigative reports

From The Record Searchlight

Redding intends to keep under wraps a pair of investigative reports on mismanagement and hostile workplace allegations in the electric utility's customer service department.

On Monday, a Los Angeles law firm representing the city denied the Record Searchlight's request for the reports dating to 2008, saying they are exempt from public disclosure because they are part of personnel records.

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