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Labor Department's Take on the Digital Government Strategy
A White House initiative aimed at fostering the delivery of information to the public resulted in scores of federal agencies releasing a number of datasets through individual application programming interfaces, or APIs. An API is a method used for delivering dynamically updated information from one location to another—like the Twitter feed on the homepage of this website.
However, because a subscriber must learn a different system for accessing each API, it can be rather daunting to implement a number of them. The Labor Department opted to run asll their datasets through a single API. Read about it here on the Nextgov site.
by David Weil, Mary Graham, and Archon Fung was published in the June issue of Science
magazine. Their research explores how policy goals might be reached by simply requiring that information be made public, though it's crucial to understand when and how such targeted transparency works, as well as when it is inappropriate. Take a look
Transparency without Democracy: The Unexpected Effects of China’s Environmental Disclosure Policy
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.