Opening up local governments

West Virginia State Capitol Building in Charleston, West Virginia
The State Capitol Building in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

As local news organizations shrink and misinformation can spread quickly on social media, local governments are turning to technology to fill the information gap and restore trust.

The big picture: State and local governments enjoy more trust than the federal government, but citizens are still skeptical of decisions made by local leaders. While some local officials are trying to release more data to the public, there's still a need for a disinterested party to ensure the story presented by the government is complete and accurate.