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Year 1 in Review


2009 Year in Review

On December 19th, 2008 we launched a new site with a new mission-- to build a community of developers around making government more accountable. On that day, we proclaimed our new mission:

Sunlight Labs is an open source development team dedicated to making their government accountable. And we want you to be a part of it.

People have been organizing to change government forever-- and people like John McCain in 2000, Howard Dean in 2004, and Barack Obama and Ron Paul have been raising the bar of organizing by using the Internet to move votes and raise money. Developers have been organizing to make great software, too. Projects like Mozilla and Apache have been helping developers organize to make great software for years.

Sunlight Labs is an experiment to try and blend those two things and see what happens. About a year ago, we asked the question: Can developers be organized to change their government?

Here's the data-- you be the judge:

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