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Tipping my open government hat

I first met Alex Howard in Los Angeles at Gov20LA a few years ago. This was shortly before he joined O’Reilly Media as its Washington correspondent covering the open government/Gov 2.0 beat.

How the UK is raising the open government bar and setting a new standard

I’ve been collecting links (below) from the UK’s Government Digital Service blog for a while wondering when they’ll stop executing their great “beta” work on GOV.UK, but they continue to outdo themselves.

MC Hammer: ‘These tools create a level of transparency that sometimes can be uncomfortable’

O’Reilly Media’s Alex Howard interviewed musician and tech entrepreneur MC Hammer at the 2011 Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco where, towards the end, Hammer talks about the impact social media, mobile and crowdsourcing have on government.

This week on Gov2 TV: OGP, ‘open government is dead’ debate

This week’s Gov2 TV discusses the international Open Government Partnership, the “open gov is dead” debate and the latest government 2.0 news and trends with O’Reilly Media Government 2.0 Washington Correspondent Alex Howard and host Walter Schwabe.

How open government is changing NYC

New York City Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne’s Strata New York 2011 presentation is a great overview of the city’s open government work.

Beautiful budgets? Look at Cook

Developed and designed by Derek Eder and Nick Rougeux, open data and visualization project Look at Cook was created in collaboration with Cook County (IL) Commissioner John Fritchey to bring aesthetics to the county’s budget and expenses.

On this day one year ago, Alex Howard published his first GovFresh post

On this day one year ago, Alex Howard published his first GovFresh post. Since then, he has written a total of 302 on his OpenGovFresh blog.

New Gov2 TV launches ‘for what’s hot in open government from around the world’

Gov2 TV, a new television show focused on Gov 2.0 and open government, launched this week.

Is open government closing?

Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller said what’s been on many minds of late during her ‘Open Government Scorecard’ speech at Gov 2.0 Summit today. In a nutshell, “the drive for transparency appears stalled,” she said. Miller highlights the lack of data quality on and and gives an overview of Sunlight Foundation’s new Website,, a scorecard for data accuracy on