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Open government tools for more transparency

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John Moore (@johnfmoore) has an interesting post on Govinthelab.com: Can open government reduce political corruption?

While no one is surprised to read about corruption in government my question is how can we use government 2.0 technologies to add more transparency to government, making the fear of losing power greater than the gains made possible by corrupt behavior…”What about local level government? This is where the push for publishing data in open formats becomes critical. The upfront cost to publish open data may, in some cases, be high. However, cost reduction is generally seen as fewer people need to visit town/city halls to request documents.”

Moore’s ideas of transparency through technology are right. Being able to track campaign contributions, posting check registers online, recording votes, and monitoring lobbyists through open formats all play a vital role in holding government accountable.

Sites like Ballotpedia, Sunshine Review, Influence Explorer, Follow the Unlimited Money, S.C. Ethics, S.C. House Expenses, S.C. Senate Expenses and South Carolina Votes arm citizens with important data about what’s going on in their state and helps them make more informed decisions as voters.

For more information on the #opengov movement and ideas check out: #opengov on twitter.

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Written by Chip

October 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

Posted in Transparency

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