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Ninety percent of policymakers, open data experts, and private sector leaders believe that the standardization and publication of government data relating to their field has improved to at least some extent over the last few years, according a report from the Data Foundation and Grant Thornton.






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Government-ordered Internet shutdowns have a negative impact on the economy and human rights, according to Brett Solomon of Access Now. “We think that Internet shutdowns are an indicator of an atrocity taking place,” Solomon said. Internet shutdowns cost the economy $2.4 billion worldwide, according to the Brookings Institution.






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Despite the short amount of time guaranteed to him as the Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill is optimistic about his ability to remain in his position through the presidential transition and has many plans that he hopes to carry through that transition.






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The White House announced the creation of 29 tools Thursday that use Federal and local data to address problems identified by Federal agencies as part of the Opportunity Project, an open data effort to improve economic mobility for all Americans.






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Though government regulation can sometimes be difficult to deal with, technology innovators should be working with government to solve the world’s biggest issues, according to panelists at South by South Lawn (SXSL) on Monday. “I think [with] a lot of the hardest problems, you have to work with the government; you can’t work independently,” said […] […]

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Governments should be using open data as a communication tool with the public, according to Socrata CEO Kevin Merritt. So Socrata is releasing the Socrata Publica Open Data Cloud and CrimeReports services to help Federal, state, and local government organizations communicate their data with the public.






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Estonia CIO Taavi Kotka said the country had to cultivate the people’s trust in taking and storing their data for widespread use. (Photo: Talinn Music Week/Flickr)
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