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Open Data≠Open Government

Our next meetup will focus on open records. Here's a description of the meeting from our two speakers:

The open data movement in Chicago provides a wealth of opportunity to analyze, publicize and criticize the functions of city government. But it falls short of the kind of transparency that lets the public see how Mayor Rahm Emanuel actually governs. For that, you need open records. And those are too often in short supply. Join Chicago Tribune investigations editor Jim Webb and Tribune investigative reporter Dave Kidwell for a discussion about government transparency, why records are worth fighting for and what works or doesn’t under Illinois' weak Freedom of Information Act.

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  • Lola C.

    DavidK and JamesW are interesting speakers who are able to communicate the values of transparency in government. They are generous to encourage others to also investigate facts so that the truth in government is more accessible. They have spent many years in the trenches trying to report the truths that citizens should know. THANKS for an evening where there was an exchange of ideas and technologies.

    April 25, 2014

  • Laura L.

    Open Gov folks - Join the and learn about Cook County's broadband initiatives and more thought leadership on broadband and economic development nationwide.

    April 25, 2014

  • Adam R.

    this was an amazing thought provoking, intellectually stimulating event for me. I cannot begin to thank the organizers for finding such amazing subject matter experts(SME) on this topic. I also really liked that the SMEs challenged the audience with such a sincere interest. i know fully understand what it means to have a transparent government. I hope that one day, we will look back on this meet up as the beginning to the next chapter of open government, understanding the why.

    April 24, 2014

  • G G.

    Are there any view-by-streaming directions yet?

    April 24, 2014

  • Ken D.

    Sadly, this is the same night as a panel discussion on Responsive Design...if only I could be in two places at once...

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Joe G.

      I'll tell you: there will be more discussions on responsive design. I don't know when you'll get another chance to hear from two seasoned politics journalists about what it's really like to try to cover government.

      4 · April 8, 2014

    • Christopher S. R.

      Ken & Joe, I had the same conflict but decided to go to OpenGov. So many awesome events & connections!

      April 23, 2014

  • Laura L.

    Finally snagged tickets to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me - will definitely miss the discussion.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Pierre D.

    Will this be streamed online? In Washington and would like to view online, if possible.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lola C.

    Critical thinking is more important now than ever. The Chicago Tribune Editorial saying how Illinois fares...rankings were worse than we could immagine, cumulatively. Finding that some institutions are making decisions and then comparing it to the maps which show population is still fleeing to elsewhere; on the eve of property tax increase to pay pensions that are spiraling out of control.

    Whoever has been in charge and had their fingers in the strategy pie...should be replaced by perhaps real thinkers. It is hard to believe that decades of strategies to improve communities and neighborhoods yields the results it does; ghettos growing faster than regular neighborhoods.

    April 9, 2014

  • Kristi L.

    I really, really wish I was going to be in town for this. I think the momentum and cachet the open data and startup communities have could help make progress toward open records. Any chance this will be recorded?

    April 7, 2014

    • Daniel X. O.

      Hi, Kristi. Yes, all meetings are livestreamed and archived. Details to come!

      1 · April 7, 2014

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