Mark Montoya is one of the longest standing leaders in the U.S. regulatory sector working on the transformation of government documents into searchable, structured data. Mark took us behind the scenes on the FDIC’s call report modernization project in the early 2000s, the first mandatory electronic filing system for financial data in the US, and told us why he is optimistic about future structured data initiatives.
The LEX Summer School was started more than a decade ago to promote Akoma Ntoso, an XML standard covering many different legal traditions. In 2010, the school was moved to Ravenna Italy to echo the history of the Roman code, which was drafted there. The history of legislation in Ravenna goes back 1500 years, and the small town of today is proud of its large history. LEX Summer School participants are constantly reminded of the history they are building on, all the while learning the intricacies of XML-based legislative drafting.
For nearly two decades, the team at Xcential has partnered with legislatures and rulemaking bodies around the globe to design underlying digital structures for both law and regulation that will permit the adoption of purpose-built solutions. Once laws and regulatory rules are expressed as Data First, user-centered design can inform solutions created with legislative and regulatory users in mind.
Bússola Tech’s June 30th conference featured prominent civil servants from legislative houses around the world, politicians in leading institutional positions, entrepreneurs, and academics to discuss the evolution of digital transformation in legislatures.
Daniel Schuman leads Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund’s efforts on issues that concern governmental transparency/accountability/reform, civil liberties/national security, and promoting an open internet. He co-founded the Congressional Data Coalition, which brings together organizations from across the political spectrum to advocate for a tech-savvy Congress. Daniel directs the Advisory Committee on Transparency, which supports the work of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, and is a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.
Angus Moir leads the data collection transformation team at the Bank of England: responsible for transforming the way the Bank collects data from the financial sector. Previously, he led the Bank’s Digital Regulatory Reporting initiative and played a key role in delivering new supervisory data. Prior to his work in data collection, Angus held a number of roles at the Bank and in the private sector, primarily with a focus on risk analysis.
HData CEO Hudson Hollister recently interviewed Illinois State Representative Will Guzzardi, who represents northwest Chicago and has been a champion for modernization in the Illinois State Legislature. Representative Guzzardi described challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, technology remedies (and their pitfalls), and a business transparency proposal under consideration in Springfield to fix Illinois’ restrictive data practices.
Marci Harris is the founder and CEO of POPVOX and has been one of the leading voices for democratic engagement in the U.S. over the past 15 years. HData CEO Hudson Hollister caught up with Marci for a recent interview. The two reminisced on their time as staffers on Capitol Hill pushing for the use of technology for better and more effective governing. Marci described the connection between constituent-oriented platforms like POPVOX and a Data First approach to congressional modernization and why, currently, she is optimistic about the more mature discussion around the role of technology. Conversation shifted to the future with a discussion outlining a “Star Trek” future vision for digitizing policymaking.
Xcential recently partnered with Bússola Tech to organize a discussion between U.S. Representative Jim McGovern and Brazilian Senator Antônio Anastasia. Xcential President Mark Stodder and Bússola Tech CEO Luís Kimaid add further context to the discussion of digital transformation in legislative processes.
On April 1, HData CEO Hudson Hollister interviewed Matthew Waddington and Heather Mason, who manage legislative drafting for the government of Jersey. The Bailiwick of Jersey is a self-governing parliamentary democracy and British Crown Dependency. Jersey is one of the world’s largest offshore finance centers, with a per-capita gross product among the highest. Our colleagues explained their vision for the future of machine-readable and machine-executable legislation to improve the work of Jersey’s legislators and better serve Jersey’s people.