About a year ago, Sunlight, EFF, and over 150 civic hackers reverse-engineered Congress’ contact forms to create Contact-Congress – an open-source project in the @unitedstates organization on GitHub. This project, as previously highlighted, aims to codify (in an open data …

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In local government, we are passionate about the “local” part of our government mission – being the first responder, the first line of direct service to our resident and sometimes the first source of information. With more information in our …

OpenGov Voices: Now is the time for open data in Mesa Read more »

In April, we told you about our involvement in the What Works Cities Initiative, a three-year, nationwide program to accelerate the use of data and evidence in cities across the U.S. funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program leverages the expertise …

Sunlight kicks off open data efforts in first round of What Works Cities Read more »

Sunlight Foundation For several years now, Sunlight has highlighted the work of people from around the open government and open data community, and this year, we made OpenGov Voices a featured column that appears every Monday. We’ve recently featured stories …

OpenGov Voices: We want to hear from you! Read more »

Image credit: Pixabay user PIX1861 It’s important to know the potential problems of releasing individual-level data that can arise from bad data management practices, as well as the practices we can implement to lessen the likelihood of individual harm. At the same …

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The Blue Marble, captured by the crew of the Apollo 17 in 1972. (Photo credit: NASA) Sunlight’s Outside the Beltway series was set up to shine a light on exciting developments in the open government world beyond Washington. But this week …

NASA’s EPIC photographs: Sunlight and open data on a global scale Read more »

Image credit: r2hox/Flickr In early 2015, Jeb Bush published a trove of emails sent to him during his time as governor. All political considerations aside, it provoked significant debate — once people realized the information published included personal information ranging …

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Who polices the police? (Photo credit: Joe Gratz/Flickr) Well, since the enactment of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act a portion of that responsibility has gone to the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of …

Consent decrees open police data, but for a limited time only Read more »

On Friday, the UK Government announced a review of the Freedom of Information Act, citing the UK’s first-place ranking in our Open Data Barometer. Our CEO, Anne Jellema, responded by urging the UK Government not to use the UK’s ranking …

UK to review Freedom of Information Act – Web Foundation responds Read more »

Are you ready to #HackVA? (Image credit: Data.Virginia.gov) In Virginia, residents now have the chance to make their state government more efficient, transparent and responsive to all: A hackathon challenges everyone to use the state’s open data to develop cutting-edge …

Datathons and open data portals: Virginia’s new civic tech initiatives Read more »