I recently spoke at the Cato Institute on the topic of online government transparency. This is just my presentation. You can see the other panelists' presentations and the Q&A session in (ironically closed and proprietary) RealMedia format here: http://tinyurl.com/5gnkkj
Here's the event description: For all the change information technology has brought to society, the government sector lags behind in part because access to good data is lacking. A stable of private, non-profit, and volunteer efforts promise revolutionary change once they can access standardized, structured, and open government data. President-Elect Barack Obama made transparency a signature issue in the Senate, and talk of a "chief technology officer" in his administration often turns to whether that role might be as much a "chief transparency officer" What are the possibilities for open government data? What are the needs of the data user community? And what are the impediments to getting the data out there so that revolutionary change can get underway.
Featuring Ed Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University; Gary D. Bass, Founder and Executive Director, OMB Watch; Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University; Moderated by Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute