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Laying the Groundwork for Open Gov

One of the most innovative solutions to help government work better is right under our noses. It exists everywhere, across services and sectors, …

Even Ralph Nader And Grover Norquist Agree That Government Should Be More Open

By most measures, the 113th Congress of the United States was one of the least productive in history, failing to pass major legislation for most of its two years. One exception was the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, a historic open-government law that passed last year after an arduous …

5 Good Reads in Big Open Data: Feb 13 2015

<b>What does it mean for the Open Web if users don’t know they’re on the internet?</b> – via QUARTZ:<p>This is more than a matter of semantics. The …

5 Ways Open Government Data Can Inspire Startup Innovation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When trying to build a successful startup, it’s easy to become so absorbed in your day-to-day profit making so that you neglect the bigger picture. And before long, you’ve fallen out of touch with your target audience and its …

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Are you a mature open data publisher?

Here at Defra we are working towards being open data exemplars, through our Open Data Strategy we are committed to publishing as much of our …

Open Data Grey Areas

In a previous post, I discussed some<p>In a previous post, I discussed some data quality and data governance issues associated with open data. In his …

Don’t Just Make Data Open, Make Open Data Useful!

Time to Unleash the Value of Public Sector Data

Both Government and the public sector are in the enviable position of having lots of data about UK citizens. However, the current culture, systems …

Amazon just surprised everyone with a crazy speaker that talks to you

It's called Echo, and it's shipping 'in the coming weeks'<p>Well this one came out of nowhere: Amazon is building a speaker that's controlled with your voice. It's called Echo, and Amazon tells <i>The Verge</i> it will be "shipping in the coming weeks." Available on an invite-only basis to start, Echo is …

The top 5 things the world could learn from Toronto

Despite ranking consistently high in quality of life surveys, Toronto is still be coming to terms with its status as a desirable, world class city. …

Data as Infrastructure

<b>By</b> <b>Nick Sinai</b><b><br>Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow</b><p>I’m in my second week at Harvard, back again two decades later. Some things never change.<p>20 …

How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data

With only 22 percent of the countries analyzed by Capgemini categorized as trend setters, however, much more work needs to be done by governments if …

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How government can promote open data

Open data has the potential not only to transform every sector of the economy but also to unleash more than $3 trillion in global economic value …

Bitcoin Gets Another Boost As Circle Internet Raises $17 Million

After a stormy few weeks, the ship of bitcoin seems like it’s beginning to right itself.<p>Regulators are beginning to refine their thinking around the currency, and new startups based on the cryptocurrency keep raising money. The latest of these is Circle Internet Financial, which has raised $17 …

Snowden: Obama’s plan to reform NSA spying is a turning point

The person who triggered the furor over the National Security Agency's spying activities has given a tentative thumb's up to plans to change some of the agency's controversial methods.<p>In a statement released Wednesday through the American Civil Liberties Union, Edward Snowden called plans to rein …

Between Amazon & Google, cloud storage will be free by next year

FireChat lets you text friends, even without a signal

FireChat sounds fairly conventional from the get-go.<p>It's a new iPhone app that lets you chat and share photos with nearby users — anonymously, if you so choose. But instead of relying on global positioning or cell tower triangulation to plot you and others on a map, FireChat relies on Bluetooth and …

Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping

Today Google announced that it has enhanced encryption for its Gmail email service, bolstering security to protect customers from prying eyes, especially those of governments.<p>As of today, Gmail will “always use an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever a user checks their mail, or sends a new …

The power grid is starting to look more like the internet and that’s a good thing

The electricity grid has slowly been adopting some of the technologies that have been mainstays of the internet, like decentralized computing and …