Monthly Archives: December 2012

Montgomery County Passes Ambitious Open Government Act

In Maryland, the Montgomery County Council has unanimously passed open data legislation which updates and improves the way government information is collected, managed, and published. On a guest post on the Code for America blog, councilmember Hans Riemer writes that the bill: Establishes an open data policy for county government, with the intention of publishing a […]

Does New York’s Freedom of Information Law Work?

The Washington Post headline reads: Obama administration struggles to live up to its transparency promise, Post analysis shows. According to the story, Media organizations and individuals requesting information under the FOIA last year were less likely to receive the material than in 2010 at 10 of the 15 Cabinet-level departments, according to a Washington Post […]

Exposing the secret funders of slimey political ads

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing new regulations which require charitable groups that engage in $10,000 or more in election spending to reveal their funders. The measure is intended to reduce the flow of anonymous contributions, or “dark money,” flowing from donors through 501c(4) charitable groups in support of political campaigns. Schneiderman’s proposed rules […]

Unleashing Government Data Using APIs

What is an API? Application Programming Interfaces let computer programs “talk” to one another and exchange information, so a dataset with an API can be accessed by third-party developers with innovative ideas. For instance: The Federal Aviation Administration provides travel websites and mobile apps with live airport status and delay information through its Airport Service API. […]

Money in Politics in New York: December 7 Edition

Every Friday, the Brennan Center compiles the latest news concerning the corrosive nature of money in New York State politics—and the ongoing need for public financing and robust campaign finance reform. For more stories on an ongoing basis, follow the Twitter hashtag#moNeYpolitics and #fairelex. Cuomo Outlines List of 10 Priorities: Campaign Finance Reform is No. 2 Governor Cuomo refused […]

Meet FRED: America’s Most Awesome Open Data Site

Do you know FRED? If you’re an advocate for open government and open data, you definitely should. Reinvent Albany has spent the last year looking at government open data sites around the world, and FRED is one of the best. FRED is short for Federal Reserve Economic Data, and it’s an online database managed by […]