September 5th, 2017

Sunlight Foundation Analysis: The most common sentiments expressed through public engagement on open data policies (Part 3 of 3)

“Editor’s Note: This is the final post in our three-part series analyzing public feedback on draft open data policies hosted on the Madison platform. The first post discussed which topics are most commonly discussed; the second post discussed who comments most commonly. This post is focused on understanding what topics on open data policies generate positive or negative reactions – and what cities can learn.”

September 1st, 2017

Sunlight Foundation Analysis: Who are the most common commenters on open data policies? (Part 2 of 3)

“Editor’s Note: This post is the second in our series analyzing public feedback on draft open data policies hosted on the Madison platform. The first post discussed which topics are the most commonly discussed in comments on open data policies. This post is focused on understanding who comments on draft open data policies that are published online.”

August 30th, 2017

Sunlight Foundation: Public comments on city open data policies focus on governance, uses and privacy (Part 1 of 3)

“To understand how the public was interacting with municipal governments asking for comments on open data policies, we analyzed public comments on the drafts shared on The OpenGov Foundation’s Madison platform by nine cities around the United States. Specifically, we examined the public comments on open data policies in Buffalo, Durham, Tyler, Glendale, Nashville, Syracuse, San Francisco, Naperville and the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.”

August 22nd, 2017

Harvard Kennedy School: The OGF’s Aaron Ogle Selected for Ash Center Tech & Democracy Fellowship

“The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— six technologists from around the country committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows have demonstrated a deep passion for using technology to strengthen our democracy through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and accessibility.”

July 12th, 2017

Huffington Post: Harvard Students Partner With U.S. Government to Address Digital Skills Gaps

The OpenGov Foundation proudly supports Coding It Forward, their important mission bringing young tech talent into government, and was the first financial backer of their summer fellowship program.

July 10th, 2017

Roll Call: Congress Still Grappling With Cybersecurity Concerns

“I wonder at how Congress in particular is not compromised more often,” said Seamus Kraft, whose nonprofit The OpenGov Foundation develops technology to support local, state and federal legislatures.

July 7th, 2017

FCW: Is Congress Transparent Enough?

The OpenGov Foundation Executive Director Seamus Kraft praised the foundation laid by the legislative bulk data task force, but added that the information currently available on is “far from sufficient.  The most basic civic right is to know what the government is doing and how that affects your life, your family, your business,” Kraft said. “Does pass that test? I don’t think it’s even close.”

June 23rd, 2017

Wichita Business Journal: Seth Etter of The OpenGov Foundation Makes the 2017 “40 Under 40″

Seth is among 40 young professionals honored this year as part of the Wichita Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 class.

June 13th, 2017

Government Technology: Cities Turn to Public Input to Shape Open Data Policy

“To solicit input from the public on their respective open data policies, which are not yet finalized, both Glendale and Nashville are using a platform called Madison, designed by the OpenGov Foundation specifically to host public comments on drafts of policies and legislation. In Durham, officials are working to improve and build upon an open data policy that is already in place, also by using Madison.”

June 13th, 2017

We’re Hiring. Ask Us Anything!

The OpenGov Foundation team is growing!  We are seeking a talented, creative and kind team-builder to help lead The OGF as Deputy Executive Director & Chief of Staff.   All candidates deserve clear answers, maximum openness and as inclusive a hiring process as possible.  That is very important to us.  As you engage with us … Continue reading We’re Hiring. Ask Us Anything!

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