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Introducing Sunlight Live

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Today we're going to take our version of live political coverage to the next level by beginning to connect government data such as campaign contributions or lobbyist meetings to a political event in real-time.

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Government, Like Moldy Cheese

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But kinda like moldy cheese or bread, all too often, any of the good parts of government are crusted over or encroached upon by a kind of disgusting malfeasance. When we see moldy cheese, the oddly shaped growth on it makes us want to toss the whole thing out - when, if we could actually just cut off the bad part, we might still happily enjoy the tasty core.

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An Emblem for Open Government

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We hope this emblem is a first step in giving us something we can all own and point to as a symbol for what open government means to us, and what we believe. We hope it becomes a rallying point for those standing up to make an open, transparent government something we can hang our hat on ...or our iPhones and Androids on.

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Campaign Lessons from Dancing Guy

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That said, Sivers posted something really brilliant on his blog yesterday - based on a TED talk he's given - and it's something that we can absolutely learn from as the movement for open government builds across the country. This is very much worth your three minutes of viewing time if you're an organizer or even remotely interested in why or how people come together. This "dancing guy" illustrates for us the elements of movement and campaign building in an incredibly condensed amount of time.

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9 Beliefs at the Heart of Open Government

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As we begin to engage the public in a regular, and sustained campaign to bring about the full potential for accountability and economic opportunity that open government promises, it's important hat we have some common principles and assumptions about where we're coming from and where we stand. And it's time to start clearly defining what those things are.

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5 Guiding Principles for a National Transparency Campaign

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We believe that a disaffected, disengaged, cynical public threatens democracy in the United States as few other things can. At its heart, our campaign is about building the political and community clout necessary to combat this problem. We think we can invigorate democracy by coming together, demanding transparency with serious political muscle, using the very latest in technology to make government information more meaningfully accessible to us, and holding government accountable with it.

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Key Dates in the Fiscal 2011 Budget Process

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When it comes to open, transparent government, there are few things more important to many of our readers than shining some sunlight on the federal budget. Put simply, people want to know how our money is spent - especially since just about every dollar we make between January and May is "spent" on our taxes. And for all that "investment" in our government, it's one of the only things in our lives we don't get a receipt for.

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Building a National Campaign for Transparency

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When we got back into the office here at Sunlight on January 4th, we knew 2010 was the year we needed to build a national campaign of people calling for an open, transparent government everywhere across the country. We've known for months in fact, but honestly, we had no idea how people would respond when we put the word out. Now, only three weeks later, a few very big events have unfolded, and each new event has created new opportunities - as well as more need for our collective action than ever before. In other words, it's abundantly clear that we're on the right track.

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