Making government data available offers much value, to both citizens and an active democracy.
The digital age and the internet have ushered in many changes to our global culture, particularly when it comes to expectations for information access. Technology is readily available to aid in the ease and efficiency of data analysis, analytics and distribution, which citizens now expect.
Read More… from Florida CIO: Transparency Requires Government Data to Be Available and Accessible
Cloud storage giant Box won't say how many times it has turned over customer data to the government.
The company's policy stands out from the cloud storage crowd, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Dropbox, which along with other every internet and phone company in the Fortune 500, provide a biannual transparency report detailing the number of government requests and secret orders they receive.
Read More… from Box won’t say if it’s giving your secrets to the government
Government data is changing what we know about the work doctors do, and is giving developers the ability to transform that data into useful tools.
Read More… from How government data is changing the way we understand health care
Socrata, a startup working to make government data more easily accessible to companies and services, has raised $30 million in new funding.
Socrata has raised at least $30 million out of possible $35 million it’s seeking to close, according to a filing it submitted today to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing lists Jai Das of Sapphire Ventures as a director.
Read More… from Open data startup Socrata brings in $30M to make government data more accessible
Read More… from NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for March 8, 2013
From Government Executive:
The DATA Act, the government spending transparency bill that passed the House in April, has ruffled some feathers at the Office of Management and Budget, signs of which were on display Tuesday at a panel discussion of lessons learned from implementation of the 2009 Recovery Act.
Read More… from OMB not enamored of House-passed data transparency measure
A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier:
CIA's Covert Operation Against Declassification Review
Read More… from NFOIC’s FOI Friday for February 10, 2012