Neowin: Twitter expands political ad transparency tools to EU, India, and Australia

Neowin: Twitter expands political ad transparency tools to EU, India, and Australia . “Twitter has announced that it’s bringing political ad rules to European Union member states, India, and Australia, following a rollout last year in the United States. The transparency effort consists of the Political Campaigning Policy, which defines political content, and the Ads Transparency Center (ATC), where users can dig into information about political advertisers.”

Alabama Secretary of State: Secretary Merrill Announces Availability of Proclamations On Secretary of State Website

Alabama Secretary of State: Secretary Merrill Announces Availability of Proclamations On Secretary of State Website. “Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill has worked to digitize proclamations issued by the Office of the Governor of Alabama. Secretary Merrill has made these documents available to the public as a part of his work to make as many pieces of state government transparent and available to the people of Alabama as possible.”

TechCrunch: Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

TechCrunch: Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018 . “Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. The news and content sharing site said in its latest transparency report, posted Wednesday, it received 752 requests from governments during the year, up from 310 requests a year earlier.”

CityLab: Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?

CityLab: Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?. “In recent years, dozens of U.S. cities have released pools of public data. It’s an effort to improve transparency and drive innovation, and done well, it can succeed at both: Governments, nonprofits, and app developers alike have eagerly gobbled up that data, hoping to improve everything from road conditions to air quality to food delivery. But what often gets lost in the conversation is the idea of how public data should be collected, managed, and disseminated so that it serves everyone—rather than just a few residents—and so that people’s privacy and data rights are protected. That’s where librarians come in.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former Reed official charged with violating open records law

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former Reed official charged with violating open records law. “The press secretary for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been cited for allegedly violating the Georgia Open Records Act in the first-ever criminal complaint filed in connection with the law, the state attorney general’s office announced Monday.”

The Hechinger Report: College spending comes under closer scrutiny

The Hechinger Report: College spending comes under closer scrutiny. “The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Wednesday launched a site that makes it easy to track how your hard-earned tuition dollars are spent… It’s geared toward college trustees, lawmakers and policy wonks, who can use the site’s data to lobby for or against government spending for higher education or to compare their institution to others. But parents and students can take advantage of it as well. It’s a quick way to figure out not only how much a school costs but also how much of that cost is actually spent on classroom instruction.”

The Guardian: Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency

The Guardian: Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency. “Facebook has restricted the ability of external political transparency campaigners to monitor adverts placed on the social network, in a move described as an ‘appalling look’ by one of the organisations affected.”