Accountable Algorithms (Ed Felten) — When we talk about making an algorithmic public process open, we mean two separate things. First, we want transparency: the public knows what the algorithm is. Second, we want the execution of the algorithm to be accountable: the public can check to make sure that the algorithm was executed correctly in a particular case. Transparency is addressed by traditional open government principles; but accountability is different.
Open Government Data — Joel Gurin talks about diverse ways companies are using open government data, the obstacles hindering the release of the data, and why bringing value to users is foremost on his mind.