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    App-etite for Transparency

    New apps uncover the companies behind the food we're buying.You might not think of grocery shopping as a political act, but two phone applications want to make the political aspect more visible as we fill up our carts. BuyPartisan is a free app which shows how much a company has donated to ...

    Strengthening Citizen Journalism Through Transparency

    Citizen Evidence Lab assists in verifying footage and images submitted by citizen journalists. Globally more people have access to cell phones than to proper sanitation. Combine this with the fact that news outlets have slashed their budgets and you can see why the role of citizen journalism is ...

    Why No One Would Listen

    This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.***What’s worse: to be persecuted and indicted for trying to expose an act of wrongdoing—or to be ignored for doing so?Whistleblowers have been under intense scrutiny in Washington lately, at least when it comes to the national security ...

    How to Avoid a Geoengineering Disaster

    A frightening aspect of geoengineering—the attempts to counteract global warming by manipulating the climate—is that the actions of one country or even a single scientist could affect the entire world. “Done carelessly,” Jamais Casico writes for Momentum, “geonengineering could cause ...

    How to Stop Complaining and Start Improving Government

    For many in Kenya, their government is a black box. Attendance records for members of Parliament are kept secret, and the Parliament website has little to no information on its members. Frustrated by this flagrant lack of transparency, Ory Okolloh co-founded the website Mzalendo to keep an eye ...

    The Limits of Transparency

    “How could anyone be against transparency?” Lawrence Lessig asks in The New Republic. “Its virtues and its utilities seem so crushingly obvious.” Yet the law and technology expert proposes one provocative downside—that “the naked transparency movement . . . will simply push any ...

    Privatizing Foreign Policy

    The United States government is addicted to private contractors. According to Allison Stanger in Foreign Policy, “contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan outnumber American men and women in uniform.” Contractors provide security, food, clothing, shelter, and training for US forces. The use of ...

    Opening the Government, One Application at a Time

    For the past two years, tech-geeks around the country have applied to the Sunlight Foundation’s Apps for America contest with new ideas to make government data useful. This year, the judges have narrowed the field down to three government-transparency boosting, accountability-promoting web ...

    Beyond Transparency: The Government Needs Authenticity

    Transparency advocates are questioning the sincerity of Barack Obama’s inauguration-day pledge to create “a new era of openness” in government. The administration has taken concrete steps toward creating more transparency and cooperation between the government and the American people, but ...

    ProPublica’s Citizen Watchdogs Track the Stimulus

    Every morning, on the way to work, many Americans pass by a current or future stimulus project. Some $27 billion of taxpayer money will be spent on fixing roads, replacing bridges, and building signs and light posts. With that much money on the table, corruption, waste, and abuses of power are ...

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