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New App Brings Government To Your Phone

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

The popularity of the iPhone has sparked a new phrase: "there's an app for that."

For those interested in first amendment issues, the First Amendment Coalition has just announced it has "an app" for open and accountable government with the introduction of iOpenGov .

The free download gives users an instant and easy guide to public access laws in California. Have questions about the Brown Act? You can learn more in both English and Spanish. Need a lawyer's opinion on a first amendment issue? The new app offers a free legal hotline and an archive of frequently asked questions.

Attorneys, reporters, public officials, and government watchdogs are sure to find the news feed helpful, and the format allows sharing information via Twitter, Facebook, and email.

The First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit public interest organization, created the tool to track local, state, and national issues and to encourage public participation in government.

This use of new social media supports transprency in government, and should inspire others. Anyone out there have an app for ethics?


Tags: California, first amendment, First Amendment Coalition, transparency

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