Making government & politics more accountable & transparent
- Takedown of DOJ juvenile justice office webpages about still-active initiatives highlights its shift towards a more punitive approach - Current policy guidance on girls in the justice system and info about commitment to stop youth solitary confinement were removed
Our latest blog posts
- What information do citizens want? Results from analyzing public record requests Oct 16, 2018 08:43 AM
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- This Week in Conflicts: Failing at Profiting off the Presidency, Trump’s Scottish Golf Resorts Losing Millions and Kushner May Not be Paying Income Tax Oct 15, 2018 06:47 PM
- Today in OpenGov: Peace, Love and Understandable Government Websites Oct 15, 2018 06:32 AM
- Today in OpenGov: Ties that bind Oct 12, 2018 06:54 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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