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LANOSGA: Citizens need better access to government Big Data

May 17, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence recently signed an executive order creating a data-sharing project called the Governor’s Management and Performance Hub. The idea is to have a centralized clearinghouse for public data that top policymakers can use to systematically analyze problems—child fatalities and infant mortality, for instance—and the state’s handling of them.

LANOSGA: Run government like a business? Which business?

March 15, 2014
Which is better: business or government? Before you answer, consider two cases.

LANOSGA: Got a warrant for my cell phone information?

January 18, 2014
I’ve written a fair bit in these pages about the pitfalls of official secrecy—the often unjustified withholding of information by public agencies at all levels of government.

LANOSGA: Education board desecrated meetings law

November 2, 2013
In the state law that requires government meetings to be open to the public, there’s a wonderful preamble expressing the philosophy behind the statute. The intent of the Open Door Law, it declares, is “that the official action of public agencies be conducted and taken openly … in order that the people may be fully informed.”

LANOSGA: In government, clarity trumps efficiency

August 31, 2013
Here’s something to ponder in the wake of the big stories that keep trickling out from the emails released by state Superintendent of Public Education Glenda Ritz: What if the emails in question had been from her own tenure in that office? Or, what if a reporter had asked Tony Bennett for the same emails while he was still in office (or asked for the emails from then-Gov. Mitch Daniels)?

LANOSGA: And you thought the feds were secretive

June 29, 2013
Some of the most secret governments are on the local level.

LANOSGA: Why the media obsess over awards

May 4, 2013
The news business is in the thick of contest season. You’ve probably noticed.

LANOSGA: Small losses erode a bedrock principle

March 2, 2013
Will Rogers once said, “Congress is in session; hold onto your wallets.” Now, with the General Assembly in session, and with Rogers’ spirit of affectionate cynicism, I offer a corollary: “Hold onto your open government.
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