transparency

See the following -

A Secret Court Making Secret Laws? That's No Democracy

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | July 8, 2013

Last December, well before the Ed Snowden leaks revealed some information about the FISA court (FISC) and its rulings, we had already noted that the court itself was almost certainly unconstitutional. Read More »

A Sustainable National Healthcare System: Prevention Only

Charles Hugh Smith | Business Insider | August 19, 2012

The current sickcare system will bankrupt the nation. One model of a sustainable national system would focus solely on providing preventative care. Read More »

A Troubling Strategy At Health IT Week

Adrian Gropper | The Health Care Blog | September 19, 2013

Health IT Week demonstrated a double barrel strategy to segregate patient information from provider information. Providers already have the power to set prices and health IT plays the central role. Read More »

A Way For Biopharma To Disclose More Trial Data

Ken Getz | Medical Marketing & Media | December 26, 2012

[...] At a time when some regulatory bodies and biopharma companies are increasing their transparency initiatives involving access to clinical-trial data, disclosing trial results to volunteers could also go a long way toward strengthening public confidence. Read More »

Accela Announces CivicData.com Beta Availability For Developers And Government Agencies

Press Release | Accela | October 15, 2013

Accela, Inc., the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies, announces the beta availability of CivicData.com for Accela customers, partners, and developers. CivicData.com is a free cloud-based open data platform that will make it easier for government agencies to publish and manage datasets. [...] Read More »

Accountability Goes Both Ways

Back in 1999, when eZ Systems was founded, it became one of the first organizations to pioneer an open source business model. Years later, in 2009, a Community Board was put in place to govern and grow the community—and to implement a system of accountability that incorporated the commercial entity and the community surrounding it. I'm now Chair of that board. And as Community Manager at eZ Systems, I want to share some of my views on the relationship between the company and the board, in light of one core value of The Open Organization: accountability...

Across Pharma, Few Open Arms For Trial Data Sharing

Alex Philippidis | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) | July 9, 2013

Industry inches toward consensus on limited sharing as EMA, GSK press for open access. Read More »

Africa's Mineral Wealth Hardly Denting Poverty Levels, Says World Bank

Mark Tran | The Guardian | October 5, 2012

Report finds discovery of oil and mineral resources doing little to improve prospects for poor people, whose lot may even worsen Read More »

Africa: Breaking Down The Academic Paywalls, In Africa Too

Julie Blussé | allAfrica | April 5, 2013

Across Africa, academics and researchers face financial barriers that keep them from accessing the same knowledge their peers elsewhere in the world can afford. Read More »

Africa: The Pros And Cons Of Social Media In Global Health

Nick Ishmael Perkins | AllAfrica | October 21, 2013

I was invited to moderate a panel at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. [...]Within the first three hours of the summit, two other sessions had acknowledged that global health governance needed a shake-up and should move away from top-down, supply-driven models. Could social media, with their emphasis on dialogue and inherent transparency, be the solution? Read More »

Agencies Aren't Honest About Tech Spending And Risks, Auditor Says

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | June 11, 2013

Better information technology management could save taxpayers $10 billion within five years, the government's top technology auditor told lawmakers Tuesday. But getting there will require agencies to be more open about what they're spending on IT and what they're actually getting for that investment. Read More »

Agencies Plan for Government-Wide FOIA Portal

David Perera | Fierce Government | January 10, 2012

Three federal agencies are creating a common web portal for Freedom of Information Act requests with the intention of launching it in fall 2012. The $1.3 million portal, being built mostly with funds from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Commerce Department, with some participation from NARA, could save the federal government $200 million over 5 years were it to be adopted gover Read More »

AHIP Speakers: Soaring Drug Prices Reach Crisis Stage

Ryan Basen | MedPage Today | March 9, 2017

On the same day that President Trump met with Democratic leaders to discuss controlling prescription drug costs, physician advocates and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) debated and vented about drug costs at the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) National Health Policy Conference. "The system is broken right now," Marilyn Tavenner, AHIP's CEO and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said Wednesday...

Read More »

All Eyes On Jeff Zients, Healthcare.gov's ER Surgeon

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | October 23, 2013

To lead a sort of tech worker surge and software code purge for Healthcare.gov, the Obama Administration has brought in a turnaround guy, Jeffrey Zients. Read More »

Americans Finally Have Access To American Propaganda

Elspeth Reeve | The Atlantic Wire | July 15, 2013

A law went into effect this month that ends the ban on U.S. government-made propaganda from being broadcast to Americans. In a remarkably creative spin, the supporters of this law say that allowing Americans to see American propaganda is actually a victory for transparency. Read More »