We understand the temptation for the federal government to focus primarily on the “retail” side of government — i.e. delivering public goods and services directly to citizens. After all, in a democracy a government’s customers are also its boss. Getting retail right …

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My team is helping federal departments and agencies as they work to ensure: (1) they are using data to benefit all Americans; and (2) they using the data available responsibly. Ensuring Data Science Benefits All Americans Good data science and …

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  A new paper by William E. Buzenberg, Joan Shorenstein Fellow (Spring 2015) and former Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, explores the need for and impact of international collaborations between news outlets. Buzenberg argues that although our …

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By Martin Maximino, Master in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, 2015 Kate Krontiris speaking at PDF15. The 12th Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) reunited public servants, scholars, activists, developers, journalists, and students in New York, NY on June 4 and 5, …

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By Nick Sinai Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow On his first day in office back in 2009, President Obama emphasized the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as part of a national commitment to open government. Over …

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Will Geeks Save the World? By Aneesh Chopra and Nick Sinai Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellows A famous TIME magazine article in the 1990’s featured a cover with Bob Rubin, Alan Greenspan, and Larry Summers as “the committee to …

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