Connecting the Dots for Democratic Accountability

Semantic Web-Based Information Sharing Policy and the Future of Investigative Journalism


Friday, October 22, 2010

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW

13th Floor, Lisagor Room
Washington, D.C. 20045


Since 9/11, there has been a revolution in government information sharing technology and policy for national security purposes, such as tracking potential terrorists.  It’s now possible for government employees to connect the dots on national security risks across tens of thousands of government agencies at national, state, and local levels of government.  If U.S. governments can empower their employees to connect the dots for national security purposes, cannot they empower citizens and journalists to connect the dots to hold elected officials accountable?  In other words, does the new information sharing model for national security point the way to a revolution in government transparency and investigative journalism?

J.H. Snider

Sheila Krumholz

Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics

David Donald

Data Editor, Center for Public Integrity

Stephen Schultze

Associate Director, Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy

Scott Amey

Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

Jeff Jonas
IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics

Chris Spence

Chief Technology Officer, National Democratic Institute

A working paper by J.H. Snider, “Connecting the Dots for Democratic Accountability,” will be released the day of the event.

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