Posts Tagged ‘Obama Administration’

6 Suggestions for Making Open Data Work in Government


Joel Gurin of InformationWeek recently asked, “Will 2014 finally become the year of open data? We’re certainly seeing evidence that open data is moving from the margins into the mainstream, with new uses for data that governments and other sources are making freely available to the public. But if we’re going to see open data’s promise fulfilled, it will be important for governments, and the federal government in particular, to make it easier for the public to access and use their open data.” Read more

Smart Ad Sophistication Lacking in News Industry, To Its Peril

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism State of the News Media 2012 report was just published, and among the findings is that efforts by most top news sites to monetize the web in their own right are still limited. Few news companies, it reports, “have made much progress in some key new digital areas. Among the top news websites, there is little use of the digital advertising that is expected to grow most rapidly, so-called “smart,” or targeted, advertising.”



Failing to make a lot more hay from digital ads is problematic for traditional news companies given the decline in print circulation and in its ad revenue, too. The report says that in 2011, losses in print advertising dollars outpaced gains in digital revenue by a factor of roughly 10 to 1, which it calls an even worse ratio than in 2010.

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White House Creates Blueprint for Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

The Obama administration has announced a blueprint for a consumer privacy bill of rights. The President’s cover letter to the proposal stated, “Never has privacy been more important than today, in the age of the Internet, the World Wide Web and smart phones.  In just the last decade, the Internet has enabled a renewal of direct political engagement by citizens around the globe and an explosion of commerce and innovation creating jobs of the future. Much of this innovation is enabled by novel uses of personal information. So, it is incumbent on us to do what we have done throughout history: apply our timeless privacy values to the new technologies and circumstances of our times.” Read more

Give Your Input to the US Open Government National Action Plan

The Obama administration is seeking the public’s input on the US Open Government National Action Plan. Aneesh Chopra writes, “The Plan was developed through a process that involved extensive consultations with external stakeholders, including a broad range of civil society groups and members of the private sector, to gather ideas on open government.  As we continue our work to implement the National Action Plan, we want your help.  Specifically, we’d like your input and recommendations on how to improve and help facilitate public participation – your participation – in government.” Read more

The State of Open Data

A recent article discusses the proliferation of open data sets over the last several years and how these sets are being utilized. The article begins, “More than two years after President Obama’s memorandum on his open government initiative, thousands of public authorities and organizations worldwide have embraced the main idea behind it. Opening up data and making them publicly available on the Web has been recognized as a key to fostering transparency and collaboration within public administrations and with citizens. From census data, to cadastrial maps, everyday a new data set pop ups on the Web.” Read more

How Would You Improve

Nerd Collider has issued a challenge to the public: “What would you change about to get more people to care?” The question is a pressing one given the recent announcement that and six other open government initiatives started by the Obama administration are set to shut down by the end of May. Read more and Six Other Open Government Sites to Shut Down

Federal News Radio recently reported that seven of the Obama administration’s open government websites including are set to go dark by May 31st due to a lack of funding: “One government official, who requested anonymity because they didn’t get permission to discuss the topic, said funding will begin to run out on April 20 for public sites IT Dashboard, and The source said OMB also is planning on shutting down internal government sites, including, FedSpace and many of the efforts related the FEDRamp cloud computing cybersecurity effort.” Read more