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Mary Graham on the West Wing Weekly Podcast

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) on the West Wing Weekly podcast. Listen to the podcast here.
 

Mary Graham on PBS Newshour

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) with PBS Newshour Weekend producer and correspondent Christopher Booker. Watch the interview here
 

Video of Mary Graham at Roosevelt House

March 2017

On March 6, 2017 Mary Graham talked about her new book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York. Watch a video of the event.
 

Graham Discusses Presidential Secrecy with Harvard Gazette

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her career spent researching transparency and her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) in a recent Harvard Gazette interview. Read the interview here
 

Mary Graham on Kera FM Think

March 2017

Mary Graham talked about her latest book "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale University Press, 2017) with Think's host Krys Boyd on Kera FM in Texas. Listen to the interview here
 

Big Data for Early Detection of Car Defects

March 2015

Can data mining and social media provide valuable information to detect car defects? How can this information be used by regulators and manufacturers to save lives? In the aftermath of deadly car accidents caused by ignition defects and exploding airbags these questions are crucial. Dina Kraft researched this topic while she was working at the Transparency Policy Project and her article recently appeared in the New York Times's Sunday Review. Read the article here
 

Transparency without Democracy: The Unexpected Effects of China’s Environmental Disclosure Policy

February 2013

Yeling Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy degree program at the Kennedy School of Government, published her article titled “Transparency without Democracy: The Unexpected Effects of China’s Environmental Disclosure Policy”, in Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions. This article examines the impact of transparency regulations enacted under authoritarian conditions, through a study of China’s environmental transparency measures. Given China’s decentralized administrative structure, environmental disclosure ends up being weakest in the most polluted cities. However, the measures have allowed nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to affect environmental governance through unusual pathways. Multinational companies (MNCs) have used NGO pollution databases to monitor Chinese suppliers, whereas local governments have responded to a transparency index with greater NGO engagement.
 

Communities of Transparency: Open Data in Action

March 2012

Francisca Rojas, research director at the Transparency Policy Project, presents with Frank Hebbert, director of civic works at OpenPlans at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas on March 10, 2012. The title of the presentation is Communities of Transparency: Open Data in Action. The session explores two instances of transparency that utilize open data approaches - in transit information and Recovery Act expenditures - and discusses challenges to ensuring that disclosed data generates public benefits.

 

Data for the Public Good

February 2012

O'Reilly's Open Government reporter, Alex Howard, has produced a comprehensive review of the benefits of open data in "Data for the Public Good." In this report he cites Francisca Rojas' research on how open data in transit has spurred a rich ecosystem of civic innovation that has generated dozens of customer-facing applications for transit riders.

 

Hacking public risk: empowering citizens with environmental data

February 2012

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) and SafeCast are two projects born of disaster: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf and the Fukushima Diachi nuclear accident after the Japan earthquake. In response, these two groups have developed and deployed low-cost digital tools that people can use to monitor the effects of these disasters and other public risks on their environment.

The Public Laboratory is an open source community that builds do-it-yourself toolkits that enable citizen-based data gathering, such as the helium-filled balloons and digital cameras they use to generate high-resolution aerial imagery to track the Gulf oil spill. SafeCast has been deploying a radiation sensor network in Japan that empowers everyday people to collect data on radiation levels and access that data to be better informed about radiation impact in their community.

Jeffrey Warren, director of research for PLOTS, and Sean Bonner, director at SafeCast, join the Transparency Policy Project on Monday, February 13th at 11:30am-12:30pm at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North)  to share their experiences in do-it-yourself environmental monitoring.
 


 

Did the Stimulus Do Anything for Transparency?

February 2012

Governing magazine's Ryan Holeywell examines the Recovery Act's effect on state transparency in his article "Did the Stimulus Do Anything for Transparency?". Holeywell identifies the greatest legacy of the stimulus as motivating states to develop sophisticated online transparency portals. The article cites Francisca Rojas' research noting how Massachusetts' Open Checkbook site is an outgrowth of the state's experience with Recovery Act transparency, but also warning that lack of public interest in these efforts can also lead to these websites going dark, like in California.

 

Fung discusses Hard Truths About Disclosure in NYT's Sunday Review

January 2012

Archon Fung, co-director of the Transparency Policy Project, is quoted in Elisabeth Rosenthal's piece "Hard Truths about Disclosure" in The New York Times Sunday Review (January 21, 2012). Fung emphasizes that effective disclosure is based upon clear, actionable information, stating: I’d like to see an effort toward prioritizing what information is really important and then some effort in providing the data in a way that is simple and effective.

 

A call to open GPS data for Boston's school buses

January 2012

Francisca Rojas, research director at the Transparency Policy Project (TPP), and David Luberoff, executive director of Harvard's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, published an op-ed in the Boston Globe titled "Tardy school buses? There's an app for that" on January 10, 2012. Rojas and Luberoff call for Boston's public schools to make information about the location of its buses available to parents, students, teachers and principals as a way to improve the system's problem of late buses. The argument for this "open data" strategy is based on TPP's research findings on the outcomes of public transit agencies' release of bus and train locations to the public.

 

Details behind food labels revealed.

January 2011

Upon scanning the bar code on food packaging, Fooducate, a free iphone app, will highlight additives, offer alternatives, compare similar products, and provide a letter grade. More information.

 

David Weil delivers a paper called Making Transparency More Transparent

February 2009

David Weil delivered a paper called "Making Transparency More Transparent" at the Transparency and Accountability: The Role of Information Disclosure conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. 
 

Online discussion at washingtonpost.com

March 2007

Fung and Weil participated in an online discussion about Full Disclosure and the issues raised in the book on the washingtonpost.com website. For a transcript, visit this page.
 

Weil appears on Thom Hartman

March 2007

Weil appeared on the nationally syndicated Thom Hartmann show on Air America, discussing the need for greater transparency in government and Full Disclosure. Listen here.

 

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