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Is open government dead?

Caution tape is displayed in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (Andrew Harrer/BLOOMBERG)

Open government is gasping for breath writes Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa; LulzSec gives its “snitches” some “stitches;”if you’re a college student, Uncle Sam wants you on the payroll; grandma and grandpa want to “friend” you so don’t bother calling, and Afghanistan is taking a page out of the MacGuyver playbook to build broadband.

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1. Open government is dying

Post columnist Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on the departure of former White House data chief Vivek Kundra and what it means for and the president’s open government initiative with Kundra gone. Although Kundra is confident the programs will go on, Wadhwa has his doubts. (The Washington Post)

2. LulzSec goes back on the attack: “Snitches get Stitches”

LulzSec appears to have struck again, issuing a “tango down” alert via Twitter that both the Web sites were out of commission. Seven hours after the tweet went out both sites were still down, as of the writing of this post. LulzSec has also released personal data about two individuals who might be involved with the group after the arrest of 19-year old Ryan Cleary on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in LulzSec, which has successfully hacked prominent Web sites such as the PlayStation Network and the CIA. “These goons begged us for mercy after they apologized to us all night for leaking some of our affiliates’ logs,” read a posting on, “There is no mercy on The Lulz Boat. Snitches get stitches.”(Twitter via VentureBeat)

3. Uncle Sam to schools: We want your students, we’re just not sure how to get ’em and keep ’em.

Inside Higher Education’s Allie Grasgreen reports on a hearing Tuesday on improving the number of undergraduates hired by the federal government. The hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, was aware of the need for more students, but the answer as to how best to attract and retain them was more elusive. (Inside Higher Education)

4. More than 20 percent of U.K. grandparents are on a social network

According to a study conducted by the Web site MyVoucherCodes, 22 percent of grandparents are hooked into a social network, and of them 71 percent are on Facebook, 34 percent are on Twitter and 9 percent are on LinkedIn. The survey was conducted with 1,341 grandparents in the U.K. (Telegraph via Mashable)

5. Afghanistan’s McGuyver Internet service

Afghanistan is the testing ground for a new broadband service that is built using roughly $60 worth of everyday items. The network is called FabFi and is being developed in close association with MIT’s Fab Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. (Fast Company)



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