Rep. Honda embraces 'crowd-sourcing'

Using public data in creative ways is another tenet of Gov 2.0. The Consumer Electronics Association, the largest tech trade group, on Wednesday launched an “Apps for Innovaton” contest, inviting software developers to use data to create applications that promote the group’s innovation policy agenda. CEA is hoping people use public data to, for example, show the need for broadband in rural areas or demonstrate how venture capital-backed companies create jobs in their state.

Honda recently added a provision to the House omnibus bill to provide free access to databases maintained by the Library of Congress and Government Printing Office. Honda said his efforts “reflect the tradition of innovation in my Silicon Valley region.”

      (from my On Technology column, which appears every Thursday)