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LANOSGA: Citizens need better access to government Big Data

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.
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LANOSGA: Run government like a business? Which business?

Which is better: business or government? Before you answer, consider two cases.
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LANOSGA: Got a warrant for my cell phone information?

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.
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LANOSGA: Education board desecrated meetings law

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.”
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LANOSGA: In government, clarity trumps efficiency

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)?
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LANOSGA: And you thought the feds were secretive

Some of the most secret governments are on the local level.
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LANOSGA: Why the media obsess over awards

The news business is in the thick of contest season. You’ve probably noticed.
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LANOSGA: Small losses erode a bedrock principle

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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