Open Government...Open Sesame
KBCS Interview with WCOG President Toby Nixon
March 5, 2009

Last week, we interviewed Chris Lehman, a Seattle resident helping spearhead the movement for Open Government in Seattle. "Open Government" is the term used to describe the movement ensuring relatively easy access to public documents and advocating transparency in all forms of government. We now take a step back and look at the Open Government Movement at the state level. The Washington Coalition for Open Government educates about and advocates for open public records and open public meetings issues. Toby Nixon, its president, is a former state legislator from Kirkland who talked about the Coalition with One World Report's Technology and Privacy Reporter Peter Marshall. Havens Tipps edited this interview for broadcast.

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Open Government in Seattle
KBCS Interview with WCOG Director Chris Leman
February 26, 2009

This Friday morning, the Seattle City Council will convene the first meeting of the Open Government Committee High on the agenda is a discussion on how to improve communication between the Council and its constituents. The committee will also come up with recommendations to improve citizen access to public documents. The committee also claims it will seek to foster diverse community input City issues, in advance of legislative actions.

A key player in the committee's creation has been Chris Leman. Leman is an advocate for open government, as well as a political scientist and community activist. He is also a member of the Seattle Community Council Federation , a group of representatives from community-based organizations working on issues affecting Seattle neighborhoods. Leman sat down with our own Technology and Privacy Reporter Peter Marshall in the studios of KBCS to discuss the new committee and what the term "open government" means for Seattle. Interested listeners can contact Chris Leman at or (206) 322-5463.

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"Your Right to Know" by Heather Brooke
Terry Tazioli Interview with UW Grad Heather Brooke
January 15, 2010

Host Terry Tazioli interviews UW grad Heather Brooke on her book "Your Right to Know." Brooke used England's public records laws to expose misuse of public funds by members of Parliament.

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Dori Munson Interview with Economic Policy Analyst Jason Mercier
February 10, 2010

More Olympia fall-out to the Senate Democrat attempts to reverse the will of the voters and suspend I-960. Economic policy analyst Jason Mercier (Wash. Policy Center) talks LIVE with Dori. Also, I-960 sponsor Tim Eyman talks LIVE with Dori.

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