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Obama's Open Data Plan: Much Work Ahead
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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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12/15/2013 | 10:10:51 PM
Re: It's clean up time
I think the real OpenGov is quite difficult to achieve. For whatever reason (the protection of political secrets or national security, etc.), the government will always have some kind of gate or "dam" to prevent the prevailing of sensitive information. The scope of "sensitive information" is rather difficult to define - in most of the cases, the scope will simple creep...
meganesque
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meganesque,
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12/14/2013 | 1:45:25 PM
It's clean up time
I think this is a great 2nd NAP for OpenGov for the US, but without buy-in from Senior Management in the federal agencies, it is destined to fall flat.  You have hit the nail on the head that there is much work to do inside the gates, and I think the first order of business is to institutionalize OpenGov.  As it currently stands, there are no formal models, nothing describing the skills needed to lead or support an agency effort, no accountability systems, nothing to ensure that the agencies comply with the commitments, which include increased protection for whistleblowers.  Most of the agencies do not want OpenGov to succeed, and are "checking the boxes" in some minor way via apps contests and other promotional gimmicks designed to deflect attention away from the fact that they are not really making much progress in terms of real transparency and anti-corruption efforts.  More here: http://www.whohub.com/meganesque/log
Thomas Claburn
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12/11/2013 | 4:28:53 PM
What transparency?
I'll believe the government is committed to transparency and openness when I see it. 

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