Category Archives: Scott Blanchard

A different definition of privacy

An Oklahoma state employees’ group rips a newspaper for seeking birth dates of employees, calling the reporters “privacy pirates.” The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World combine to write a story that reveals that the state makes millions of dollars selling … Continue reading

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Open government ‘unconference’ kicking into gear

The folks in Boston at a gathering today to talk about how the Web can help open up government to the public report (via Twitter, hashtag #gov20ne) that they’ve built their agenda for the day and sessions are about to … Continue reading

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Open government gathering live-streamed today

What’s called an “unconference” is happening today at Harvard U. that bills itself as being “about using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more effective, efficient and collaborative government,” according to Gov 2.0 Camp New England’s … Continue reading

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First, Obama’s transparency directive. Gov. Rendell: You next?

So, Gov. Rendell, did you see what President Obama did the other day? Will you follow his lead in Pennsylvania? Obama told federal agencies to be more transparent, publish more data, and in fact, set deadlines for them to put … Continue reading

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Sunlight Labs tails Obama’s transparency directive

At least one group won’t let President Obama’s open government directive be out of sight, out of mind. Sunlight Labs, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that describes itself as “focused on digitization of government data and making tools and websites to … Continue reading

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New federal spending numbers continue confusion

ProPublica, an independent online investigative news organization, just released updated numbers tracking federal stimulus money. And the numbers it has for York County ($82.2 million), be warned, do not jibe with the numbers Daily Record/Sunday News reporter Teresa Boeckel compiled … Continue reading

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Why the YDR wanted addresses with county time-response logs

People in York County lost their right to effectively assess emergency time response when a county judge ruled Thursday that addresses, cross streets or block addresses are not part of the county’s time-response log — data that is made public … Continue reading

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Video of police fatal shooting: Will you be able to see it?

When then-Springettsbury Police officer Gary Utter shot and killed Ronald Whitaker Jr. more than two years ago, a security camera was running. Springettsbury and Utter say that video proves the shooting was justified; Whitaker’s family, which has sued the department … Continue reading

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Bad stuff on judge’s computer, $1 mil in overdue sewer bills, and more

News from around Pennsylvania on open records requests and denials: The Towanda Daily Review that the state open records office upheld Bradford County’s denial of the newspaper’s request to see “inappropriate material” found on a common pleas court judge’s computer, … Continue reading

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Obama to agencies: Be open, invite public in, and collaborate

 President Obama’s open government directive, released this morning, tells government agencies they must meet deadlines in working toward a more transparent government. The document is available here; scroll down to ‘Federal government.’ Mainly, the directive says, agencies must: Make access … Continue reading

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