“Need help keeping up with Congress? The Madison Project: Housed by the OpenGov Foundation, the Madison Project is a “government policy co-creation platform” that seeks to embolden citizen participation in official government documents from Congress.”
February 13th, 2017
February 9th, 2017
Statement on U.S. District Court Decision Allowing Private Copyright Holders to Continue Restricting Public Access to the Public Law
STATEMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR February 9th, 2017 CONTACT Mary Kate Mezzetti email@example.com | +1 (508) 776-2789 WASHINGTON, DC (February 9th, 2017) — The OpenGov Foundation today released the following statement from Executive Director Seamus Kraft on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling that allows private standards organizations to continue restricting public access … Continue reading Statement on U.S. District Court Decision Allowing Private Copyright Holders to Continue Restricting Public Access to the Public Law
January 29th, 2017
The OpenGov Foundation has proposed a “Congressional Digital Service” not unlike the White House’s United States Digital Service (USDS), which is already hard at work modernizing government agency websites and technology.
Although Kraft is quick to point out that the current situation is no one’s fault in particular, he says House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could take strides towards solving the problem by spending a relatively small amount. But improving the way the public and Congress interact has never really become enough of a high-profile issue for congressional leaders to risk the political capital needed to make changes.
So what can you do? Should you call your representatives, tell them to give their staffers a raise, and make upgrading their technology a priority? Email a form letter to your senator? The OpenGov Foundation’s solution is a more blunt: If your representative doesn’t support upgrading Congress’s technological infrastructure, you should just vote for another candidate.
January 23rd, 2017
CONTACT: Mary Kate Mezzetti, firstname.lastname@example.org | +1-508-776-2789 WASHINGTON, DC (January 23, 2017) — The OpenGov Foundation today released the following statement from Executive Director Seamus Kraft on the news that Matt Cutts has been appointed to serve as Acting Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service (USDS) in the Trump Administration. Cutts had been serving as director of … Continue reading Statement on Appointment of Matt Cutts as Acting Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service
January 23rd, 2017
Center for Investigative Journalism: How Private Contractors Are Taking Over Data in the Public Domain
The result of this effort to become more transparent often can be less transparency because governments give up control of the information to private companies.
“That is the perverse result of the push for open government and more digital information that is more accessible,” said Seamus Kraft, Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation. But critics should offer solutions, not just protest, he said. “It is unfair to pound your fist when you don’t have an easy, cost-effective means of delivery that leads to greater openness.”
January 11th, 2017
“The city is utilizing an internet platform provided by The OpenGov Foundation’s Madison Project to host the public comment period. Madison is a government policy co-creation platform that opens up laws and legislation previously off-limits to individuals and the Internet community. Buffalo plans to release an RFP in the future that will call for bids from open data platform providers for a more permanent solution.”
December 8th, 2016
Executive Director Seamus Kraft & Head of Product Aaron Ogle to Participate in Panel Discussion, Collaboration on Madison PARIS, FRANCE (December 8th, 2016)– Commencing on December 7th, Open Government leaders from 70 countries will gather in Paris, France to demonstrate and discuss their experiences over the past year as part of the Open Government … Continue reading HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Open Government Partnership (OGP) Annual Summit Hosted in Paris, France
December 2nd, 2016
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
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