Are you ready for the TAP Summit? Day one of the summit is today, fueled by caffeine and adrenaline. It all starts at 1:00 at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. We’re expecting over 100 participants, but we still have room for a few more. If you haven’t yet registered, you can register at the door. See you soon!




Community Activist Gigi Traore talks about how transparency is about making information available and accessible, as well as ensuring that all communities have a seat at the table.

How can we make information available and accessible for everyone in Cuyahoga County. That will be the game changer.


Redistricting is an issue that we will contend with on many different levels over the next year. Given findings by the 2010 census of declining population in the region, redistricting will occur at the county and congressional level.

Tomorrow, the House State Government and Elections Subcommittee on Redistricting and Senate Select Committee on Redistricting will be hosting the following event:

Regional Congressional Redistricting Hearing
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Cleveland State University
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs – Atrium
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1717 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Lima), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Redistricting, and Sen. Keith Faber (R-Celina), Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting, are holding a series of joint hearings in July and August in order to receive public feedback on Congressional redistricting.
In Ohio, Congressional district plans are enacted by the General Assembly through the legislative process and codified in Ohio Revised Code 3521.01. Due to declining population, two of Ohio’s current 18 Congressional districts will be eliminated.

This will be a good opportunity to advocate for an open and transparent redistricting process. Please join us there.


As an independent voice for more open and responsive City government, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission acts through its voter-established mandate to preserve the public trust. Through meaningful public disclosure and effective education, the Commission is committed to supporting and equipping an informed citizenry. Dedicated to upholding the public interest, the Commission shapes, administers and enforces City ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws that ensure Los Angeles elections and government decision making are fair, transparent and accountable.

More information available here:


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

More information available here:


June 29, 2011 – County Executive FitzGerald presents at the second of 11 town halls to be held across the county over the next year.


Here’s the list of breakout sessions for the TAP Summit:


  • Digital Divide: Involving non-traditional participants or non-wired residents
  • Improving Trust in Government
  • Open Government Legislation
  • A Public Engagement Process for Charter Review
  • Creating an Intermediary-Friendly Environment
  • Government Responsibilities to the Public
  • Cuyahoga County Website — Long-range Planning
  • A Rights and Responsibilities “Open Government” Pledge for Elected Officials
  • A Rights and Responsibilities “Open Government” Pledge for Citizens
  • Utilizing Gov2.0 Resources


We will be developing four (4) Gov-Public Transparency Projects. Participants in each group will be responsibility for a in-depth knowledge of the project, will be expected to read the group’s homework assignment before the session, and will work in a team of other citizens and government officials to develop a transparency plan and timeline for their project.

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