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Civic Hackers for Haiti

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The systems and information infrastructure that the entire network of relief requires for a place like Haiti, however, is also something that often needs building and supporting in times of disaster, and "civic hackers" as we often refer to them are answering the call.

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Don’t Give Grades Till the End of the Class

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With notable exceptions, such as the White House visitor logs being released, the efforts we have seen towards openness are still almost entirely intentions, plans, and initiative rather than outcomes that have tangibly resulted in more actual transparency.

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The Final Health Care Bill. Online for 72 Hours. No Negotiation.

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And as that debate unfolds, we're going to bump up against things we've simply never dealt with before. But in the debate of what's the right way to bring about transparency, one thing is eminently clear: the public and legislators alike MUST have time to read legislation before it's debated and be able to make their voice heard by their representatives as a result.

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Ensuring 72 Hours for Remaining Spending Bills

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It's looking extremely likely that Congress will take up debate of six massive appropriations (read: "spending") bills this week by combining them into one big omnibus bill and trying to pass them all at once. Assuming that does indeed come to pass, it's imperative that the House and Senate allow members of Congress, the media, and the public the necessary time to understand how our money is to be spent by putting the entire omnibus bill online for at least 72 hours before it's debated.

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Important “Read the Bill” Questions

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At the end of the day, what matters most to us at Sunlight is that we can all get access to the government information which can (and does) impact our lives. That information needs to be ONLINE and in REAL-TIME. It's information we've exercised one of our most precious rights to allow a group of leaders to create, and information we're paying for with our tax dollars.

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Declaring a Read the Bill Victory

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An awful lot has happened between April 2009 and now, and one of the most important developments on Capitol Hill and among the public has been that Congress can no longer talk about a piece of major legislation without a reporter asking, "will the final version of the bill be online for 72 hours?"

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