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December 2nd, 2016

TODAY: Curing the Civic Cancer of Copyright of Public Laws and Legal Codes

The OpenGov Foundation’s Executive Director to Address American Association of Law Library’s National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials at Boston University Law School BOSTON, MA (December 2, 2016) — As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer writes, “If a law isn’t public, it isn’t a law.”  Yet across America, the vast majority of … Continue reading TODAY: Curing the Civic Cancer of Copyright of Public Laws and Legal Codes


November 22nd, 2016

Naperville (IL) City Council Adopts Policy Setting Framework for Open Data Program, Powered by Madison

The Naperville City Council adopted an open data policy to guide the City’s release of public data. The first release under this new open data plan is a Public Safety Incident Map.


November 21st, 2016

ICYMI: Politico Panel on GovTech in the Next Administration with U.S. Chief Information Officer, Former Head of 18F & The OpenGov Foundation

“The only thing that can jeopardize the progress made over the last 8 years when this community became [something] and grew up, is for those who created that progress to walk away and then to not have that extended hand to those coming in after.” -Executive Director Seamus Kraft WATCH: “Upgrading Washington: Technology in the … Continue reading ICYMI: Politico Panel on GovTech in the Next Administration with U.S. Chief Information Officer, Former Head of 18F & The OpenGov Foundation


November 17th, 2016

HAPPENING TOMORROW: Politico Panel on Technology and Innovation Policy and Programs in the Next Administration

MEDIA ADVISORY November 17th, 2016 CONTACTS Seamus Kraft seamus@opengovfoundation.org The OpenGov Foundation’s Executive Director Joins the U.S. CTO, U.S. CIO, Former Head of 18F for Timely Discussion WASHINGTON, DC (November 17th, 2016)— With election season fresh in our minds, what will technology and innovation policy and programs look like under a Trump Administration?  Tomorrow at … Continue reading HAPPENING TOMORROW: Politico Panel on Technology and Innovation Policy and Programs in the Next Administration


November 1st, 2016

In Wichita, Creating an Open Data Practice that Meets Community Needs

City of Wichita, KS Information Technology Director Mike Mayta: “…We published a draft of the policy online using free software from the OpenGov Foundation called Madison. Madison is an online environment that allows for annotating, commenting on, and editing various documents. By sharing our draft policy with the public and calling for feedback, we were able to hear directly from our residents how we could further develop it. More than 120 notes were received on the draft (which is still viewable today) over several months. The policy was then redrafted into a format that met our administrative regulations and signed by the City Manager on September 8, 2016.”


October 24th, 2016

Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited with Aaron Ogle Joining The OpenGov Foundation

Announcing Aaron Ogle has joined The Open Gov Foundation as Director of Product. He will be leading The OGF’s product efforts creating the open, effective and inclusive legislatures we need, with— not for— the real people living and serving and solving real civic problems in real communities across America.


October 12th, 2016

Impact Beacon: Modernizing Government, One Step at a Time

“Every legislature in the world is still paper-based. Every citizen has a stake in that legislature upgrading to the digital world. In doing so, we improve the way we solve our problems.” – Seamus Kraft, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The OpenGov Foundation.


October 5th, 2016

How Naperville took an inclusive, participatory approach to opening city data

“Open data and transparency build community trust and engage our residents on a whole new level,” City Manager Doug Krieger said. “We look forward to finding out what solutions can be discovered through the use of our data.”  


September 21st, 2016

Empowering the Chicago City Council for the Digital Age

Imagine the possibilities that will open up for the Chicago City Council and the people it serves once this process is digital-first, streamlined and efficient? Elected officials and staff will be able to spend more precious time helping people, not scanning and retyping and rescanning and worse. Citizens will be able to understand and engage with their government on their own time and on their own terms. Countless more voices will be heard in government.

That is government culture change, guaranteed.


September 16th, 2016

Yahoo! News: The Last 100 Days: Obama’s (non)Transparency Edition

The OpenGov Foundation’s Executive Director Seamus Kraft on federal government transparency work left to do during The Obama Administration: “The president ran on an ambitious openness agenda of ‘transparency, public participation and collaboration.’ Eight years later, progress has been made. But it’s pretty clear that in This Town, closed still trumps open.”


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