I spent this past weekend at Transparency Camp West, at the Google campus in Mountain View, CA. I went expecting to be surrounded by my fellow policy wonks, but surprisingly they didn’t make up the bulk of attendees. Most of the folks in attendance seemed to be developers looking to market their web applications. There… Continue reading I can see clearly now, can you?
When a business registers on a government’s procurement website to bid on government projects, all of that information becomes part of the public domain. It is then perfectly legal for other businesses to either directly harvest that data, or pay the jurisdiction a fee for access to the data. Every time I have registered any… Continue reading Caveat Emptor
While he was still President-Elect, Barak Obama made it abundantly clear that he wanted no earmarks to be part of the economic stimulus package. While often perceived as a synonym to “Pork-Barrel spending,” earmarks can serve a useful role. They are a way that congress can designate funding for specific work. They are also a… Continue reading Think Globally, Act Locally