GovLab Network Member Joel Gurin launched today a new website:

According to Joel: “Open Data is accessible public data we can use to launch new ventures, analyze trends, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems. I’ve been fortunate to see the Open Data movement grow through my work as Executive Vice President of Consumer Reports, as head of the FCC’s consumer bureau, as Chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, and now as author of the upcoming book, Open Data Now.

I’m launching this website to be a hub for news, interviews, events and opinions on Open Data and all its uses. Open Data is a critically important new resource for businesses, government, nonprofit organizations, and consumers alike. As President Obama said recently, Open Data “is going to help launch more start-ups. It’s going to help launch more businesses. .  .  It’s going to help more entrepreneurs come up with products and services that we haven’t even imagined yet.”

I’m especially pleased to launch today, because the White House has just released the report of the Task Force on Smart Disclosure, a new way to use Open Data to help consumers make important decisions on products and services. You can read my blog post about the report and what it means on

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