"government 2.0" entries

Google Public Data Explorer goes public

A new tool from Google makes it easier for anyone to visualize data.

Making data visualizations just got a bit easier as Google has added Public Data Explorer to its suite of free data tools.

Go-To-Meeting Government

DealBook in the New York Times offers a portrait of Gary Gensler who is chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. I was inspired by Gensler's story. He moved from Wall Street to Washington to go into public service while raising three girls as a single father. His quest to "overhaul the murky $600 trillion derivatives market" is meeting with…

Steve Wozniak on the FCC and Internet freedom

For Steve Wozniak, the issue of an open Internet is personal.

After penning an open letter to the FCC on net neutrality, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a surprise appearance at the Federal Communication Commission's public hearing on new open Internet rules.

The growing importance of data journalism

Parsing the progress of open government data requires new tools and reliable information sources.

Data journalists now have huge volumes of accessible government data, but a recent panel discussion reveals that cultural roadblocks and "dirty" data still need to be addressed.

Open data study shows progress, but a long road ahead for open government

The good news: Open data is viewed positively. The bad: There's lots of room for improvement.

A new report on the attitudes, quality and use of open government data shows strong support for the release of open data among citizens and government employees.

Update on WEAVE government data visualization software

User-friendly visualization tools are coming early next year.

WEAVE is a visualization tool for public data, to be released in March 2011. In this post, Andy Oram compares WEAVE to other efforts and summarizes some of its upcoming features.

As California goes, so goes the nation?

Calif. Secretary of State Debra Bowen on open source voting systems and digital literacy

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen endorsed building trust through open source voting systems in interviews at the Gov 2.0 Summit.

Tracking the tech that will make government better

Crowdsourcing, fraud detection, and open data tools were touted at a recent Senate hearing.

A hearing on innovative uses of technology in government examined stimulus spending transparency at Recovery.gov, fraud detection through open data analysis, and the potential of crowdsourcing.

Open government is a mindset

Analysis: Connections are forming between social media, open government and e-government.

While online tools and digital platforms that enable greater transparency, collaboration and citizen participation will continue to improve beyond those used in 2010, the culture of openness within agencies will also need to evolve in order for open government to achieve any measure of success.

Web 2.0 risks and rewards for federal agencies

Potential security and privacy issues balance gov. innovation and cost savings.

Testimony from government officials and a consumer watchdog before Congress highlighted how social media is affecting government, including the changing nature of official records in the digital age.