Listen to the program featuring OpenGov experts on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas page:


Tune in tomorrow, July 20 at 9 AM for The Sound of Ideas’ program on government transparency.

If government – from your local school board to the U.S. Capitol – operated in secret, how much would you trust it? On the next Sound of Ideas, we’ll talk to open government advocates about the public’s right to know. We’ll offer expert advice on how to access public records and keep tabs on your government. Plus, we’ll explore how technology is helping to make government more transparent. Join us Wednesday at 9 on 90.3.

Ellen Miller, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation
David Marburger, Partner, Baker & Hostetler and author of Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio
C. Ellen Connally, President, Cuyahoga County Council
Michael Froomkin, Professor of Law, University of Miami and served on Florida Supreme Court Committee on Privacy and Court Records from 2003-2005

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Powerful ideas and inspiration from Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller at the City Club of Cleveland on July 1, 2011. Audio from last week’s City Club forum is also up. Podcast available here.

Thank you again to the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen Miller and all their AMAZING staff (woot woot!) for helping us shoot for the stars with this project. Thanks as well to the Gund Foundation for their generous support and the City Club for their contributions and help.


Podcast 1 – John Wonderlich

Featuring John Wonderlich, Policy Director at the Sunlight Foundation

A lot of issues the government faces involve solving problems. The few people in government facing these problems should view as their empowered allies every other citizen that has an interest in solving that problem. By being open, you allow citizens to participate and help solve problems.

DOWNLOAD via PRX. Music: Pinklogik, “Rising”


Show #1: Transparency means everybody’s looking by The Civic Commons

Here is the debut Civic Commons radio show, Transparency Means Everybody’s Looking, (Airdate: 1/22, 8:30 a.m., WJCU). Listen for Laquilla Graham comparing the transparency problem to marital infidelity and a county council member worrying about the “chilling effect” of the call for greater transparency.

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