WASHINGTON, DC – Next weekend, nearly 400 open government supporters will participate in the Sunlight Foundation’s TransparencyCamp on April 28 and 29 at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. This “unconference” brings together government officials, technologists, journalists and grassroots advocates to share best practices on the ways new technologies and effective policies can make our government really work for the people.
Transparency is not just a federal issue, but a local and international one, as well. At TransparencyCamp 2012, attendees will lead sessions on issues surrounding government transparency, openness and accountability facing the country and global community. This year, more than 30 international participants will be at TransparencyCamp representing 25 countries across five continents.
While the crowd-powered “Wall” determines most sessions at TransparencyCamp, featured speakers include:
Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Beth Sebian, Transparency Action Plan Summit — Cleveland, OH
Jeff Schuler, Cuyahoga County Civic Hacking Community — Cleveland, OH
Matthew Cardinale, political blogger — Atlanta, GA
Juan-Pablo Velez, ChicagoLobbyists.org — Chicago, IL
Derek Dohler, Transparency International Georgia — Tbilisi, Georgia
Daniela Silva, Esfera — São Paulo, Brazil
Visit TransparencyCamp on Google Moderator to see what issues participants hope to talk about this year.
Sunlight is also hosting a hackathon following TransparencyCamp with The Pew Center on the States and Microsoft on Monday, April 30. Civic hackers will use data from the Voting Information Project in building new tools in an effort to bring official voting information available in the places where voters are looking for it, whether online or on their mobile devices.
View this video for highlights from last year’s TransparencyCamp.
The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit that uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable. Visit http://SunlightFoundation.com to learn more about Sunlight’s projects, including http://PoliticalPartyTime.org and http://influenceexplorer.com.