Tulsa computer experts create new civic innovations, apps using city’s open government data

Computer experts in Tulsa are joining together for a weekend of civic innovation. 
 
It's part of an international weekend of locally held events to use open government data and put it to good use. In May 2013, The Tulsa city council and mayor of Tulsa adopted the open and accessible data resolution, which provided more online non-risk data for third parties. 
 

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Private prisons and transparency

Taxpayers fund the operations of private prisons in Oklahoma, just as they do state and federal ones — but they largely don’t have access to the same information and records about those private facilities.

A new report argues that private prison operators should be subject to the same level of scrutiny and transparency as state- and federal-run prisons.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for July 12, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Opinion: Overturn bad ethics law

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Two Oklahoma newspapers, legislator garner FOI honors during Sunshine Week

From Tulsa World:

Two Oklahoma newspapers and a state lawmaker were honored Saturday during FOI Oklahoma's Sunshine Week activities at the University of Oklahoma.

The Enid News & Eagle was awarded the Marian Opala First Amendment Award and the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise was given the Ben Blackstock Award.

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Last day to register for Oklahoma Sunshine Conference conference

From OUDaily.com:

Wednesday is the last day to register online to attend this year’s annual Oklahoma Sunshine Conference to discuss the importance of open information.

This year’s conference is titled “Fighting for an Open Government.” The conference will take place in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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