metrometro writes: "The Open Government Partnership, a new international initiative to improve governments, launches today. Live stream of kickoff here. OGP goals here. The initiative, co chaired by the US and Brazil (drawing some snark), seeks to unify civic hackers and open data with older transparency and democratic participation movements. There are inevitable of questions of sincerity, but it's not just governments: the activist orgs participating are legit; Google and O'Reilly Media are also involved."