1. The Sunlight Foundation just opened Political Ad Sleuth, a searchable database of political ad buys across the U.S.

  2. How the U.S. Chief Technology Officer is Making Data Awesome, Mashable

  4. Google’s latest Transparency Report is out. My reporting is here, check out the data for yourself here.

    Most interesting bit: Google took down hundreds of YouTube videos after U.K. police alleged they promoted terrorism.

    Most hilarious bit: Google refused to take down a YouTube video of a Canadian peeing on his passport and flushing it down the toilet, per a Canadian request. Working on finding that video now, because reasons.