ETHICS IN TRANSITION: Citing three anonymous sources, Politico reports that the Clinton campaign has adopted the same strict rules that the Obama campaign did in 2008 to limit the influence of lobbyists in transition. The Clinton campaign has made no public statement on the matter. Sunlight has issued principles for transparency in the transition and called for the campaigns to adopt an Ethics Pledge.
TRANSPARENCY FROM ODNI: Sunlight joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil liberty and open government groups in calling on the Director of National Intelligence to follow through on his pledge for more transparency, specifically asking for more answers about an email scanning tool built and deployed at Yahoo. [EFF]
PROMOTE OPEN DATA: If you work at a city that has enacted a new open data policy, here’s a new resource for publicizing it on social media.
BILL CLINTON, INC: A memorandum hacked from the Clinton Foundation and published by Wikileaks provides a glimpse inside of former President Bill Clinton’s personal and charitable income. The Washington Post reported out what the memo revealed: “aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called ‘Bill Clinton Inc.,’ obtaining ‘in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.’” [Washington Post] CAMPAIGN 2016
All democracies require a certain amount of compromise to function well. Our system, with its elaborate system of checks and balances, requires more compromise than most. And compromise requires that people trust that those on the other side of the political aisle are as committed to following the rules as they are. But the internet — and social media in particular — is destroying that trust by filling people’s heads with prejudicial nonsense. If we don’t find ways to help people find more reliable information, it’s going to cause big problems in the long run. [Vox]
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