Making government & politics more accountable & transparent
- Join us to discuss the state of open government for Sunshine Week 2018! - Sunshine Week 2018 is coming up! This annual celebration of open government runs from March 11-17, 2018, and we invite you to join us for three events during the week to discuss transparent government at the federal level as well as in the city of Washington DC.
Our latest blog posts
- Sunshine Week shed a stark light on the state of open government in Washington Mar 16, 2018 03:50 PM
- Today in OpenGov: Party to Play Mar 16, 2018 09:11 AM
- Today in OpenGov: Costly upgrades Mar 15, 2018 08:55 AM
- Today in OpenGov: Turbid Mar 14, 2018 08:27 AM
- City solutions, like stories, should start with a problem Mar 12, 2018 10:23 AM
Open government in real-time
Through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Sunlight’s Open Cities team provides direct technical assistance to dozens of mid-sized American cities participating in the What Works Cities Initiative, helping improve public information disclosure and reuse.
The Web Integrity Project’s mission is to monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources, as well as changes in stated policies and priorities. [Read more]
The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. Our vision is for modern technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve changes in the law to require real-time, online transparency for government information.
Sunlight’s efforts have produced real results. Over the past decade, we served more than 4.2 billion API calls, indicating how much the data we liberated has been needed. Our reporting and analysis is frequently cited by the world’s preeminent journalists. Our research has led to congressional hearings and legislative action. Our tools were used to strip problematic measures from bills. Our advocacy has led to legislative and agency reforms, from a major victory when, at our urging, the federal government agreed to begin the process of releasing all data sets held by federal agencies, to the enactment and implementation of the DATA Act, the most significant open data law in United States history. Today, we are pushing for more reforms, defending transparency and ethics in government, helping open up cities with their communities, and holding government accountable.
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