It's been quite the year for government data. The U.S. released Data.gov and several city governments have followed with their own collections of datasets and APIs. Among them was San Francisco, which also held a contest. Now, big names in open government data are getting together in San Francisco for a one night discussion.
Yesterday marked the tech industry's advocacy action, The Day We Fight Back. This campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the National Security Agency's (NSA's) mass surveillance program which is collecting content and metadata from e-mails, chats and social networks; harvesting contact lists; and gathering billions of records each day on cellphone locations, according to The Washington Post.