The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau recently announced that it was releasing consumer complaints against financial institutions. We're excited by the multiple easy-to-use formats and the variety of data being made available.Continue reading
What license should government apply to open data? No license at all, because it’s not their data — it’s oursContinue reading
We're excited to announce Upwardly Mobile, Sunlight's new webapp funded by the Knight Foundation that allows you to research where in the country you could enjoy financial security and an improved quality of life.Continue reading
Today Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, spoke about his vision for improving open... View ArticleContinue reading
Yesterday the government’s Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) came online. This is something we’ve been looking forward... View ArticleContinue reading
As I noted in my speech yesterday at the Gov2.0 Summit, Gov2.0 has become a popular catchphrase in Washington today... View ArticleContinue reading
Ultimately, Public=Online is focused on getting government to pass the transparency laws we need - laws that put government information online in real-time where we can use it - and we're going to do that by building a demand for transparency that is so large it cannot be ignored by politicians.Continue reading
My latest column in Locus Magazine, "Think Like a Dandelion," came out of a talk I had with Neil Gaiman about the bio-economics of giving stuff away for free. Mammals worry about what happens to each and every one of their offspring, but dandelions only care that every crack in every sidewalk has dandelions growing out of it. The former is a good strategy for situations in which reproduction is expensive, but the latter works best when reproduction is practically free -- as on the Internet.
But the disposition of each — or even most — of the seeds aren't the important thing, from a dandelion's point of view. The important thing is that every spring, every crack in every pavement is filled with dandelions. The dandelion doesn't want to nurse a single precious copy of itself in the hopes that it will leave the nest and carefully navigate its way to the optimum growing environment, there to perpetuate the line. The dandelion just wants to be sure that every single opportunity for reproduction is exploited!
Think about government data in just that way.Continue reading