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Open Data: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

An explanation of open data, why it’s important and how you can do it yourself.

Though the debate about open data in government is an evolving one, it is indisputably here to stay — it can be heard in both houses of Congress, in state legislatures, and in city halls around the nation.

Already, 39 states and 46 localities provide data sets to, the federal government’s online open data repository. And 30 jurisdictions, including the federal government, have taken the additional step of institutionalizing their practices in formal open data policies.

Though the term “open data” is spoken of frequently — and has been since:  Read Full Article…

Study Shows Companies Aren’t Protecting Their Data Internally

When it comes to high-value company documents, most organizations don’t have the technology in place to keep their employees from sharing them, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute.

The study revealed that only 36% of the more than 600 IT security practitioners at large companies who responded said their organizations are able to restrict the sharing of confidential data with third parties. Just 27% said they could restrict sharing between employees.

According to the survey results:   Read Full Article…


NJ May Deny Public Records Access, Court Says

Government agencies in New Jersey may deny access to public records by saying they can “neither confirm nor deny” their existence when they receive an information request under the state’s sunshine law, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), New Jersey’s state appeals court has ruled.

The decision makes New Jersey the second U.S. state to adopt as law what one veteran media lawyer has called “a broad and damaging secrecy tool” first used by the U.S. government during the Cold War to protect its national security interests.

The other state, Indiana, authorized “neither confirm nor deny” responses through a statute, not a court ruling.

The ruling was made against North Jersey Media Group, a division of Gannett that publishes several newspapers, including The Record. The New Jersey appeals court allowed…. Read Full Article…