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February 26, 2015

The FCC should require broadcast executives to sign an ethics statement
CommunicationsDailyLogoCommunications Daily cites J.H. Snider’s filing with the FCC seeking policies to deter price collusion and a massive giveaway of public assets in the upcoming “Incentive Auction” for broadcast spectrum.

 The FCC should require broadcast executives to sign an ethics statement before the TV incentive auction, pledging not to engage in collusion on selling their licenses, said Jim Snider, president of, in a filing at the FCC. The statement should hold them responsible for reporting any such behavior to the FTC or FCC if they detect violations outside their company, he said. Snider said broadcast executives have every incentive to engage in price fixing, and it would be difficult to detect. Snider made the filing in docket 12-268.


October 27, 2014

Should Rhode Island Have Another Constitutional Convention?
GoverningMagazineLogoGoverning Magazine cites J.H. Snider’s analysis why a state constitutional convention is a realistic prospect for Rhode Island.

October 26, 2014

WesterlySunLogoTime to Reframe Question No. 3
The Westerly Sun cites J.H. Snider’s research on the embarrassing drafting history of Question #3 in Rhode Island’s 2014 Voter Information Handbook.

September 23, 2014

Ads by Republican groups criticize Burke over lifted passages in jobs planThe Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel cites J.H. Snider’s comments on the significance of politician plagiarism.

July 16, 2014

Fiscal TimesWhite House Petition Site Generates More Grievances Than It Redresses
The Fiscal Times cites J.H. Snider’s comments on the White House’s We The People petition website.

January 28, 2014

White House goes mum on ‘We the People’ petition site
WashingtonTimesLogoThe Washington Times cites J.H. Snider’s critique of the White House’s We The People petition website.

August 20, 2013

Is Online Transparency Just a Feel-Good Sham?
NationalJournalLogoNational Journal cites J.H. Snider on the intermixing of real and fake participatory democracy as illustrated by the White House’s We The People petition website and the House Majority Leader’s Citizen Cosponsor Project.

January 14, 2013

When We the People Talk It’s Not Always Pretty
NextgovNextgov, a publication of the National Journal Group, Inc., cites J.H. Snider on the merits of the White House’s We The People petition website.

January 11, 2013

Obama online petition site: Direct democracy or empty gesture?
WashingtonTimesLogoThe Washington Times cites J.H. Snider’s critique of the White House’s We The People petition website.

January 3, 2013

White House’s ‘We The People’ Petitions Find Mixed Success
NPR LogoNPR’s All Things Considered interviews J.H. Snider about the strengths and weaknesses of the White House’s We The People petition website.  For J.H. Snider’s most recent Huffington Post commentary on the We The People website, see The White House’s We The People Petition Website: First Year Report Card.

December 18, 2012

Legislature launches new website cites J.H. Snider on the deficiencies of Maryland’s updated legislative information website.

November 2, 2012

Casinos to ‘frankenfood’: Big-money referendums
The Wall Street Journal‘s Marketwatch cites’s data on Maryland’s statewide referenda.

August 5, 2012

General Assembly committee discusses open government
Maryland’s Kent County News cites J.H. Snider’s testimony before Maryland’s Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government.

June 12, 2012

WYPR Radio’s Midday Show on Maryland’s evolving system of citizen referendums and voting
Baltimore Sun columnist and Midday host Dan Rodricks moderates an hourlong discussion on the pros and cons of online referendum petitioning and online voting with President J.H. Snider.

May 30, 2012

Paul Kirby, ‘NTIA Sets Framework for Industry-Agency Review of 1755-1850 MHz Band,” TRDaily, May 30, 2012.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration officials today outlined for the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) a framework to enable the wireless industry and federal agencies to discuss ways to free up the 1755-1850 megahertz and 1695-1710 MHz bands for use by wireless carriers. The plan calls for five working groups to study the spectrum, with one completing its work by September and the other four by January 2013.

At the meeting at NTIA’s headquarters, several CSMAC members said there is a need for the working groups to use common parameters for the operations of wireless networks. Otherwise, the members said, the groups could arrive at different conclusions.

In March, NTIA released a report that concluded it is possible to repurpose the 1755-1850 MHz band for commercial broadband services, but it proposed that NTIA and the FCC sponsor discussions between federal agencies and industry entities to address a number of challenges, including relocation costs that could reach $18 billion and sensitive government operations that may have to stay in the spectrum indefinitely (TRDaily, March 27). The report emphasized the need for spectrum sharing.

During today’s meeting, Karl Nebbia, NTIA’s associate administrator-Office of Spectrum Management, stressed the importance of collaboration between representatives of federal agencies and wireless entities if they are to make progress in finding ways to relocate federal systems to other spectrum or enable sharing of federal bands. He also acknowledged the difficult work ahead but said NTIA wants the working groups to reach a consensus on their recommendations, which will then be forwarded to the CSMAC, which will decide which recommendations to give to NTIA.

“We’re looking for a cooperative environment, and outcomes that meet both the commercial needs and the government needs,” Mr. Nebbia said. “We are looking for output that represent a consensus outcome. So, as people are working together, we need to continue to keep ourselves in the same room until we work through whatever hurdles and difficulties we find.” Earlier, he said, “We have to set aside kind of our canned bullet points and sound bites.”

Mr. Nebbia said that NTIA is hoping to have the memberships of the working groups completed soon, saying the agency plans to invite agency and industry representatives to serve on the working groups over the next week or so, while firming up CSMAC liaisons to the groups and co-chairs of the groups. Each group will have an industry and agency co-chair. NTIA and the FCC will also each have participants in each group.

The working groups will tackle the following spectrum matters: (1) WG1: the 1695-1710 MHz meteorological-satellite band, which was identified for fast-track reallocation by NTIA in 2010 (TRDaily, Nov. 15, 2010), (2) WG2: law enforcement surveillance, explosive ordnance disposal, and other short-distance links in the 1755-1850 MHz band, (3) WG3: satellite control and electronic warfare in the 1755-1850 MHz band, (4) WG4: tactical radio relay and fixed microwave in the 1755-1850 MHz band, and (5) WG5: airborne operations, including air combat training systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, precision-guided munitions, and aeronautical telemetry, in the 1755-1850 MHz band.

Working group 1 is to complete its work by September, while the other groups are to complete their tasks by January 2013. Mr. Nebbia said the January 2013 date was chosen to provide time to prepare the 1755-1780 MHz band for possible pairing and auction with the 2155-2180 MHz AWS (advanced wireless services)-3 band. The FCC must auction the 2155-2180 MHz band by February 2015.

Mr. Nebbia said the analysis each working group will have to conduct “will be different depending on the applications” in the band under study.

For example, he said, working group 1 will be tasked with assessing the likely wireless network operations in the band in an effort to reduce the size of exclusion zones around National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earth stations, which receive information from NOAA weather balloons.

By contrast, working group 2 will try to come up with city by city relocation plans for law enforcement surveillance. “This is really a challenging issue,” Mr. Nebbia said. “We know that they’re not compatible,” he said of law enforcement and commercial systems.

Working group 3 will look to define protection zones around satellite sites, and it will also look at rules to protect electronic warfare systems. Working group 4 will consider ways to narrow protection zones around tactical relay sites while looking at the relocation of fixed microwave links beginning from the 1755-1780 MHz band. Working group 5 will determine what protection is needed for airborne operations.

“The Working Groups will produce written outputs recommending to the CSMAC concerning approaches to sharing, transition and/or relocation of the band that will determine the steps that will have to be taken and any factors that may reduce the projected costs, or limitations or restrictions on spectrum availability,” NTIA said in its framework document. “In the case of the 1755-1850 MHz band, the work should consider the steps that might support earlier auction and entrance of service providers into the 1755-1780 MHz portion, where feasible, while maintaining the goal of the entire 1755-1850 MHz band. A critical decision point for each group is a determination of whether incoming industry can or cannot share with a particular incumbent federal system. Where sharing is feasible, the groups should explain the proposed manner of sharing in a way that could potentially be incorporated into service rules.”

“Success of the discussions will require cooperation,” NTIA also said in its framework document. “Participants will determine what information they can share and how to manage its use in the context of the Working Group’s deliberations. NTIA expects the members of the Working Groups to be prudent in their conduct as participants in the Working Group. Each Working Group would be free to adopt its own ‘ground rules’ to avoid premature release of information, if necessary. Similarly, individual Working Group members should be able to meet or exchange sensitive information ‘offline’ and bring it to the group if they believe it would inform the deliberations. If a group identifies a requirement for discussion of classified or otherwise sensitive information, the government participants will identify any appropriate method and controls to do that.”

Mr. Nebbia said the need for a discussion of classified information during the process can probably be avoided, but he said it’s possible some “sensitive” spectrum issues could arise, such as the bandwidths of spectrum used for law enforcement surveillance, although he said agencies might be less sensitive in some cases after the experience of clearing their systems from the 1710-1755 MHz band.

Several CSMAC members said there is a need to ensure that each of the working groups is using the same assumptions for how the wireless networks will operate. “I really think that we do need to have an agreement on the kinds of parameters that are needed and … how the systems are going to be deployed,” said Charles Rush, a consultant for Qualcomm, Inc., and Aerospace Corp. But other panel members said that wasn’t possible.

“You’re not going to have a completely uniform approach,” said Bryan Tramont, managing partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. He noted that all of the working groups will have industry representation and said the groups should communicate with each other.

Kevin Kahn, a technology policy consultant for Intel Corp., suggested that it would be adequate to make sure that any recommendations take into account the expected technical standards for wireless systems.

Janice Obuchowski, a former NTIA administrator and president of Freedom Technologies, Inc., a consulting firm, said she wanted to raise the “somewhat thorny question” about how agencies will have a “guarantee” that the FCC will endorse the same deployment architecture recommended by the CSMAC. She noted the difference between focusing on sharing or attempting to free up spectrum for exclusive use by wireless carriers.

Mr. Nebbia noted that each of the groups will have industry members, and he said NTIA will rely on them to come up with recommendations that reflect carrier parameters. He also said the FCC will have representation on each working group and noted the FCC worked with NTIA and industry in freeing up 5 gigahertz band spectrum years ago.

Regarding the $18 billion cost estimate for moving most federal systems from the 1755-1850 MHz band, which NTIA has not validated, Mr. Nebbia said those figures will be assessed as “part of a formal process” under the Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act. He said the initial $900 million estimate to relocate agencies from the 1710-1755 MHz band was actually lower than the actual cost of about $1.5 billion. “Coming up with initial estimates is just that,” he said. He said he doesn’t expect the working groups to focus on “changing the numbers.”

In opening remarks at today’s meeting, Tom Power-deputy U.S. chief technology officer-telecommunications, acknowledged that “whether you’re a federal agency or a commercial provider, sharing is probably not the first option you would jump to in a perfect world,” adding that “exclusive access, if nothing else, bring some certainty.”

He also said that “sharing can encompass a lot of approaches,” including the use of databases such as those being used in the TV “white spaces,” cognitive radios, lower power, or small cells.

“We really are going to be looking at a more refined focus on what the needs of the federal agencies are, the costs and opportunities involved in relocating vs. staying put” and sharing,” said Mr. Power, NTIA’s former chief of staff. But he acknowledged that “getting certainty out of this process is certainly going to be hard.” He also stressed the need to both protect the classified nature of some government systems and the proprietary nature of commercial networks.

“There really is a ton of work to get done,” said NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling.

After the meeting, Mr. Strickling told TRDaily that he was pleased with the general sharing theme of a report approved Friday by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The report calls for President Obama to issue a new spectrum memorandum calling for the immediate identification of 1,000 MHz of federal government spectrum for sharing with the private sector (TRDaily, May 25). Mr. Strickling said he has not yet seen the report, which has not been released publicly.

“We’re glad that they’re embracing the same high-level concept that we’ve got to do more of this through sharing,” Mr. Strickling said.

The CSMAC agreed that at least two of its subcommittees – ones dealing with spectrum sharing and the search for 500 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband services – would go on hiatus during the process involving the 1755-1850 MHz and 1695-1710 MHz bands. More may do so as well.

During today’s meeting, J.H. Snider, an open-government advocate who is founder and president of, raised a point about why there was no public comment period scheduled. Brian Fontes, co-chair of the CSMAC, told Mr. Snider that was because today’s session was an “information meeting” that did not include discussion or votes on any reports. He said there is no plan to eliminate the public comment period at future such meetings. Mr. Snider also reiterated complaints about the CSMAC’s subcommittee process not being open to observers.- Paul Kirby,

TRDaily – May 30, 2012

May 10, 2012

Kirby, Paul, “Critic Contrasts the FCC and NTIA to GSA,” TRDaily, May 10, 2012


J.H. Snider, founder and president of who has studied spectrum management, said in a column on “The Huffington Post” that the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have wasted more government assets than the General Services Administration, which came under criticism for a lavish conference near Las Vegas. “Which has wasted more taxpayer assets: the GSA or FCC NTIA? In my judgment, the FCC NTIA wins hands down,” Mr. Snider wrote. “The GSA could never get away with giving away tens of billions of dollars of worth of government buildings to mega corporations and billionaires. Nor could it get away with having most of its government building space lie empty and unleased.” He asked, “What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame. The public is scientifically illiterate and doesn’t understand the physical properties and economics of spectrum, which also appear to bore the public silly.” He said Congress should hold oversight hearings on the federal agencies’ spectrum management.

TRDaily – May 10, 2012

March 11, 2012

The Washington Examiner

Here’s why Maryland politicos must convene a constitutional convention
The print edition of the Washington Examiner publishes J.H. Snider’s commentary observing that, when the issue involves a “political question,” Maryland has one standard for upholding the law for average citizens and another for the politically powerful.  Cited in a March 12, 2013 Washington Examiner editorial, Trashing the democratic process in Maryland.

January 18, 2012

Pamela Wood, Senator pushes for elected school board, again, Capital, January 18, 2011.

In his latest attempt to promote an elected school board, state Sen. Bryan Simonaire has not one, not two, but three different bills for lawmakers to consider.

The Pasadena Republican thinks it unlikely his colleagues would reject all three bills. Two of them would make changes to the way school board members are picked and the third asks for a nonbinding referendum in which voters could share their preference.

“It’s wrong that people don’t have a voice in the process,” Simonaire said.

Although he presented his ideas yesterday to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, his colleagues in the county House and Senate delegation will decide the fate of the bills.

Because the bills would affect only Anne Arundel County, they’re subject to the legislative custom of “local courtesy.” A majority of the county’s senators and delegates must support one or more of the bills to win approval from the rest of the General Assembly.

Simonaire thinks at least one of his bills will have support among delegates; Del. Tony McConkey, R-Severna Park, is sponsoring identical bills in the House of Delegates.

The senators are another matter. Simonaire’s past attempts to promote an elected school board have fallen short among the county’s five senators.

Sen. Ed Reilly, R-Crofton, publicly offered his support on Tuesday.

“I fully agree that things need to change, that it needs to be more responsive to the citizens,” Reilly said.

Simonaire said he’s lobbying to win support from a least one of the three other senators who represent parts of the county: John C. Astle of Annapolis, Ed DeGrange Sr. of Glen Burnie and Jim Rosapepe of College Park.

Anne Arundel’s system for selecting school board members has been in place since 2007.

A School Board Nominating Commission picks potential school board members, whose names are sent to the governor.

Once the governor appoints board members from the list and they’re in office, they are subject to a retention vote during the next election.

If a school board member is knocked out of office during a retention vote, the process starts over again.

Simonaire said the current system doesn’t allow for true public input into who would be best to serve on the school board.

As an example, he pointed to the fact that Democrats dominate the school board, while Republicans have majorities among the County Council and the House of Delegates.

According to county Board of Elections statistics, the voter registration breakdown in Anne Arundel is 43 percent Democrats, 37 percent Republicans, 19 percent unaffiliated and 1 percent belonging to third parties.

“What I’m looking for is a balance and a composition that looks like Anne Arundel County,” he said.

Simonaire has two options for changing the selection process:

Change the process to one similar to the way Circuit Court judges are selected. Board members would still be appointed by the governor from a list submitted by the nominating commission. But when the retention election rolls around, challengers could run against the sitting school board members.

Have seven nonpartisan members elected by voters, plus three members appointed by the governor, the county executive and the County Council, as well as the student member.

Only one person testified during a public hearing. Jim Snider, a parent and education activist from Severna Park, told the committee the bills should include provisions forcing the nominating commission to be more transparent.

Simonaire that said even if he fails to win support in Annapolis, he hopes his cause will gain traction among voters.

“My hope is that it will create a buzz in the community,” he said.

January 17, 2012

Personal Democracy Media, including TechPresidentEvery Bill Coming Before the House Should Soon Be Available Online in Machine-Readable Format
Personal Democracy Media’s TechPresident cites J.H. Snider on the U.S. House of Representatives’ new legislative information website.

December 15, 2011

Transparency committee starts talking cites J.H. Snider’s testimony at the inaugural meeting of the Maryland General Assembly’s Transparency Committee.

December 8, 2011

Government-wide Information Sharing for Democratic Accountability
The Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution publishes J.H. Snider’s paper on why the politics of using unique identifiers to track powerful political players across government databases may be less dismal than widely believed.  The Open Government Coalition gives it the lead spot in its weekly newsletter.  It was also covered in the U.K.’s Great Emancipator, the Campaign for a Stronger Democracy’s December Newsletter, and American City & County‘s December Newsletter.

October 31, 2011

White House responds to marijuana and God petitions
NextgovNextGov quotes from J.H. Snider’s October  20, 2011 article, What Is the Democratic Function of the White House’s We The People Petition Website?

October 5, 2011

The Huffington Post

Soaking the Rich in Obama’s Jobs Plan?  Its multi-billion dollar spectrum giveaway undercuts the president’s populist message
J.H. Snider’s article, published in the Huffington Post and reposted on the Wall Street Journal‘s blog, criticizes the tacit spectrum giveaway contained in the American Jobs Act of 2011.  TR Daily reports on the article.

September 6, 2011

A proposal to modernize public meeting spaces across Federal agencies 
The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation publishes J.H. Snider’s letter to senior White House officials regarding the future design of public meeting spaces at Federal agencies.

August 16, 2011

Multichannel ‘may not win online war’ 
Inside Retail cites J.H. Snider and Terra Ziporyn’s 1992 book (Future Shop: How New Technologies Will Change The Way We Shop and What We Buy, St. Martin’s Press) as a landmark in the emerging field of ecommerce.  Similar recent press: Spark of Hope and The History of Online Shopping in Nutshell.

June 9, 2011

Information Needs of Communties: The changing media landscape in a broadband age
Federal Communications CommissionIn its report on the future of public media, the FCC cites J.H. Snider in the text and six times in the footnotes–more than at least one think tank that received millions of dollars in foundation funding to help move this debate forward.

May 5, 2011

Rosetta Stone for corporate IDs would simplify accountability 
Federal Computer Week cites’s years of work addressing the need for governmentwide organizational identifiers.

April 20, 2011

General Assembly moves forward with more transparency, but there’s still a long way to go 
The Maryland Reporter cites J.H. Snider on the Maryland General Assembly’s transparency agenda and accomplishments during its recently completed 2011 session.

April 4, 2011

Open Government Advocate Blasts NTIA on Transparency 
TRDaily (Telecommunications Reports) cites J.H. Snider’s case study of federal agency compliance with the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative at the National Telecommunications and Information Administation (NTIA).

November 3, 2010

Maryland constitutional convention uncertain
The Baltimore Sun cites J.H. Snider on the November 2, 2010 Maryland ballot referendum on whether to convene a state constitutional conveniton.

November 1, 2010

WYPR Radio’s Midday Show on Maryland’s November 2, 2010 ballot referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention.
Baltimore Sun columnist and Midday host Dan Rodricks moderates an hourlong discussion on the three statewide propositions on the November 2, 2010 ballot. Leading off the program and discussing the Maryland state constitutional convention question was president J.H. Snider.

October 24, 2010

Voters will decide whether to call a constitutional convention
The Baltimore Sun cites J.H. Snider on the November 2, 2010 Maryland ballot referendum on whether to convene a state constitutional conveniton.


Copy of the Article

Voters will decide whether to call a constitutional convention

Maryland one of four states to hold mandatory vote this year

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

Voters in Maryland will get a chance in this year’s election to launch a process to revise the state constitution, but experts predict the measure will be a hard sell.

Every 20 years, state lawmakers are required to pass legislation placing a constitutional convention question on the ballot. Still, just one has been called in the state since 1867.

Such “mandatory” calls tend to pass only when there are “galvanizing issues” that mobilize voters, said Daniel A. Friedman, an assistant attorney general who is counsel to the Maryland General Assembly and author of “The Maryland State Constitution: A Reference Guide.”

This year, there doesn’t appear to be any such issues, he said.

Voters are thinking “whatever problems Maryland has, it’s not in the constitution,” said Mark Graber, a University of Maryland law and government professor, who agreed that a convention will likely not be summoned.

A Baltimore Sun survey showed that three out of 10 likely voters were not sure how they would vote on State Question 1, the call for a constitutional convention question. Thirty-seven percent of voters said they were against it, and 34 percent planned to vote for it, according to a telephone sample of 798 voters conducted by OpinionWorks of Annapolis.

Robert F. Williams, a constitutional law professor at Rutgers University, said “apathy is a huge problem,” adding that “it’s hard to get people energized” unless they have a particular interest they are trying to preserve or promote.

Historically, Williams said, business groups, unions and other special interests feared constitutional conventions because they worried that voters would enact measures that harmed them. But now, he said the fear is reversed, with voters worried that deep-pocketed interests would get their way. Other opponents, he said, see conventions as “simply more government” and worry about “opening a Pandora’s box” if one is convened.

Maryland is one of four states with convention ballot questions this year, along with Michigan, Montana and Iowa. Williams wouldn’t predict if any states will succeed in passing the measures, “but in the face of mistrust, apathy and misunderstanding, it’s not a fair fight.”

Gov. Martin O’Malley and Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said during a debate last week that a convention had the potential to produce positive results, but each stopped short of fully endorsing the ballot question, saying they would follow the will of voters.

To call a convention, a majority of the people who vote in the fall election — not just on the ballot question, but everyone voting for anything — must approve. Then, perhaps in a special election, four citizens from each of Maryland’s 47 state legislative districts would be elected as representatives.

In 1966 — off-cycle and after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Maryland’s legislative districts were unconstitutional — voters agreed to a convention, but its work was rejected and no constitutional changes were made.

Maryland’s 150-year-old constitution shows its age in the eyes of many. It’s considered difficult to follow, packed with antiquated language and long — with sections on off-street parking rules in Baltimore City, development of the Port of Baltimore and regulation of slot machines.

“We’ve been going by the 1867 constitution,” which “has been amended hundreds of times — that’s where we are—a messy document,” Friedman said.

Williams said that mandatory convention questions tend to come up at inopportune times — “It doesn’t always coincide with a felt need,” he said — and there is concern over the costs.

But Severna Park resident J.H. Snider, an outspoken proponent of a convention, has said that the initiative would the best way for Marylanders to address issues such as campaign financing and term limits that lawmakers often avoid because of self-interest.

Williams called such conventions “one of the great inventions of our country.” The ability of citizens “to frame their own government had never been done anywhere else in the world,” he said, calling Thomas Jefferson the founder of the concept.

“This idea that the people would form their own government,” he said, “is pretty amazing.”

October 22, 2010

Is Con-Con Phobia Justified?
The National Press Club
iSolon sponsored event at the National Press Club, 3:00 pm to 4:30.   The accompanying press release, featured late breaking news from Maryland’s two gubernatorial candidates: O’Malley and Ehrlich Endorse “Yes” Vote On Nov. 2 Maryland Con-Con Ballot Referendum. The event was reported on in the October 25, 2010 issue of the Daily RecordExperts: Md. constitutional convention unlikely.

October 13, 2010

Rewriting Maryland constitution is up to voters, but not many know
The Maryland Reporter cites J.H. Snider on the November 2, 2010 Maryland constitutional convention ballot referendum.

October 13, 2010

Pro and Con: A state constitutional convention comes up for a vote—whether politicians, or voters, want it or not
The Baltimore City Paper cites J.H. Snider on the November 2, 2010 Maryland constitutional convention ballot referendum.

October 11, 2010

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Four States to weigh calls for constitutional convention
Stateline cites J.H. Snider on state constitutional conventions.

July 5, 2010

Md. to vote in November on whether to hold constitutional convention 
The Washington Post features J.H. Snider in a front page article on the merits of changing Maryland’s Constitution by voting yes to convene a convention on the November 2, ballot.  For details, see

June 24, 2010

Maryland to webcast more hearings, meetings over Internet
The describes J.H. Snider’s critique  of yesterday’s announcement by Maryland’s Governor and other state leaders concerning government transparency.

June 15, 2010

A year of digital TV: who won the transition?
See full size imageArs Technica (a division of Wired Magazine) cites J.H. Snider’s reflections on the DTV transition on its one-year anniversary.

June 3, 2010

Experts Debate Federal Spectrum Leasing, Transparency Proposals
TRDaily (Telecommunications Reports) cites J. H. Snider on the lack of transparency within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

May 20, 2010

Bloomberg BusinessweekHow Craig McCaw Built a 4G Network on the Cheap: The mobile pioneer’s Clearwire controls airwaves worth $20 billion or more
Bloomberg Businessweek cites J.H. Snider’s work on media policy.

April 4, 2010

A hotbed of techie agents of government transparency TheWashington Post cites J.H. Snider on the recent “TransparencyCamp” held in Washington, DC.

March 26, 2010

The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland)

Parent school group picks new leaders
Capital article on J.H. Snider’s election as vice chair of Anne Arundel County, Maryland’s Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee with a mandate to use new information technology to improve democratic deliberation among public school parents.

March 14, 2010

The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland)Sunshine Week:  Experts say access to online public records must expand
The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland) quotes J.H. Snider on Anne Arundel County’s compliance with not only only the letter but the spirit of Maryland’s right-to-know laws.  The Capital quotes Snider again in Open government for more than just a week, March 18, 2010.

March 1, 2010

Scholars look to increase research on open government
NextgovNextgov, a publication of the National Journal Group, Inc., cites J.H. Snider on how elected officials’ agendas can set academic and foundation agendas, and the lag time between open government innovation and scholarly assessments of it.

February 5, 2010

The Iowa IndependentReligious education at statehouse an example of what the public doesn’t know
The Iowa Independent cites J.H. Snider’s work on a rarely disclosed but important legislative perk.

February 4, 2010

Rewrite state constitution?  It’s a question for voters
The Baltimore Sun cites J.H. Snider’s Baltimore Sunop-ed in describing the Maryland Senate’s debate over SB26: Maryland Constitutional Convention – Sense of the Voters.

December 18, 2009

Debate the News:  Summarizing the Comments Submitted to the FTC
Free Press’s includes’s comments in its roundup of comments submitted for the  Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on the future of journalism

July 28, 2009

Public more satisfied with agencies that pursue transparency online, study says
NextgovNextgov, a publication of the National Journal Group, Inc., cites J.H. Snider’s methodological critique of a market research firm’s report on the benefits to Federal agencies of improved transparency.

July 4, 2009

Come On and Take a Free Ride
The Rumpus, an online magazine, discusses J.H. Snider’s Nieman Watchdog article on media free riding.

June 11-14, 2009


The National Institute Of Money In State PoliticsAnnual Convening of the National Institute on Money in State Politics
J.H. Snider argues for Redistricting Juries and other related democratic reforms at the annual convening of the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

June 4, 2009

See full size Coalition News features J.H. Snider’s work on public school budget transparency.

May 12, 2009

Turkeys, Thanksgiving and Roll Call Voting Records
The Thicket At State LegislaturesKarl Kurtz,  the National Conference of State Legislatures’s expert on legislative institutions,  discusses J.H. Snider’s turkey paper in The Thicket at State Legislatures.

May 5, 2009

Senate to Expand Transparency of Senate Votes: DeMint thanks Rules Committee for quick response
Following up on his May 1 press release (see below), Senator DeMint thanks the Senate leadership for acting so quickly on his recommendation.  The XML link, tucked inconspicuously and without explanation on the page for Senate floor roll call votes on the Senate, not Thomas website, can be found here.

May 4, 2009

Eye on Redistricting: Florida’s Where the Early Action Is
CQ PoliticsCongressional Quarterly article on the the Hudson/iSolon conference on redistricting reform.

May 1, 2009

DeMint Leads Bipartisan Effort To Make Senate Votes More Transparent: Democrats and Republicans urge modernizing Senate website with easily searchable XML vote database
In a press release announcing a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration seeking to make U.S. Senate roll call votes available to the public using the XML format, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint cites’s work on this issue.

April 27, 2009

Online voting records user unfriendly
PoliticoPolitico‘s Victoria McGrane cites J.H. Snider’s work on public access to legislators’ voting records. For more information, see Would You Ask Turkeys to Mandate Thanksgiving?  The Dismal Politics of Legislative Transparency (SSRN prepublication working paper version).  On May 6 McGrane wrote a follow-up story, Senate picks up the slack on data, mentioning the impact of her earlier story in getting the Senate to post its roll call votes in XML format.

March 9, 2009

See full size Coalition Partners names a coalition partner.

November 12, 2008

Voting for Glass Houses
In the November/December issue of theColumbia Journalism Review, Michael Schudson and Danielle Haas report on J.H. Snider’s “Would You Ask Turkeys to Mandate Thanksgiving?”  On May 11, 2009, the Columbia Journalism Review followed up with another story on the same topic, Senate Goes XML: A quiet shift is hailed.

October 1, 2008


The Capital (Annapolis, Maryland)School board’s TV debut delayed
The Capital quotes J.H. Snider’s critique of excessively costly and undemocratic televised school board coverage.

August 18, 2008

Americans For Redistricting ReformAmericans for Redistricting Reform Advisory Committee Member Organizations
Americans for Redistricting Reform names as an Advisory Committee Member Organization.

April 14, 2008

RockwoodJ.H. Snider selected to be a Rockwood Foundation Fellow in Media, Communications, and Information Policy
Snider will be a Rockwood Foundation Fellow for the 2008-2009 fellowship year.

February 29, 2008

J.H. Snider on Spectrum Policy (half hour segment, with Snider segment beginning at 18:50)
Counterspin, a radio program run on NPR affiliates, interviews J.H. Snider about his Nieman Watchdog article (see below).

February 28, 2008 Coalition Partners names a coalition partner.

January 28, 2008

Four Spring Fellows Named
Editor & Publisher reports on the appointment of the four new Harvard Kennedy School of Government Shorenstein Center fellows for Spring Semester 2008, including’s J.H. Snider.

November 1, 2007

Ontario Citizens’ Assembly Proposal Down But Not Out
The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s Amy Lang summarizes and reviews the latest issue of’s Citizens Assembly News Digest.

October 11, 2007

New Voting System Goes Down To Defeat
In a front page story, the Ottawa Citizen quotes J.H. Snider on the significance of Ontario’s experiment with a citizens assembly.

October 5, 2007

School Board Backs TV Idea
Baltimore Sun
 quotes J.H. Snider’s critique of local school system’s use of technology to cover itself.