A number of transit agencies face crises of public confidence, and greater transparency can help address this.Continue reading
What’s next for the international open government agenda?
Sunlight's key takeaways from the Americas Regional Meeting of OGP and recommendations for the Partnership and the broader open government agenda.Continue reading
Why open data and accountability are not the same thing
Open data is a tool, not an end in itself, much as a hammer is not an end in itself. It is just one factor necessary to produce the transparency that allows us to achieve accountability.Continue reading
Who has a say in Washington: Policymakers listen to interest groups instead of the public
The American public believes that “the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves” rather than “the benefit of all of the people.” But is there actual evidence to prove this?Continue reading
DC Approves Campaign Finance Reforms
In a legislative meeting today, DC council members unanimously approved a bill that moves campaign finance in the District toward greater transparency. The legislation requires electronic filing of campaign finance information and the publication of that information online within 24 hours -- language that Sunlight's local team recommended in the bill's drafting process.
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, who moved the bill through Council, thanked Sunlight for our role in this win for transparency:
Thanks also to the @SunFoundation for their input on transparency reforms that are cornerstone of this DC campaign finance reform— Kenyan R. McDuffie (@CM_McDuffie) December 3, 2013
OpenGov Voices: Creating an Early Warning System for Political Activism
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the guest blogger and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of the Sunlight Foundation or any employee thereof. Sunlight Foundation is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information within the guest blog.
Adam Green is the CTO of UniteBlue.com -- a social network for progressives based on Twitter. UniteBlue connects and organizes political activists on a national and state level. You can reach. Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the great challenges for political activism in each of the 50 state legislatures is providing timely information on bills as they move through the legislative process. The data provided by the Sunlight Foundation Open States API is comprehensive, but combing through it to find the limited number of bills that activists have the time to focus on can be overwhelming. I have found over 88,000 bills in the current session alone. We are now developing an early warning system at UniteBlue.com that can assist our volunteers in filtering this information flow down to a manageable level.
While the entire process will take months to complete, in this guest post I’d like to propose a triage model that can be used as a first step. Triage is the medical model used in hospital emergency rooms and during disaster responses. A high flow of patients is screened using certain “signatures” to determine which ones need to be seen first, such as blocked airways or dangerous vital signs. The process of triaging the high flow of bills coming from the Sunlight data will follow a similar model.Continue reading
Content strategy in a social world – Internet Advocacy Roundtable
At Sunlight we make no secret about using technology to make government more accountable and drive the transparency message further.... View ArticleContinue reading
Scout: Sunlight’s New Custom Alert Service
A core mission of the Sunlight Foundation is to enable citizen participation through technology and lower the bar to access government. Through our free tools we're constantly looking for ways to produce a more transparent and accountable government. Today, we're proud to introduce Scout, a tool that allows you to create customized keyword alerts to notify you whenever issues you care about are included in legislative or regulatory actions.Continue reading
Scout is Already Delivering Results
Scout isn’t even out of beta, but it’s already having a positive impact on lawmaking. You can see how in... View ArticleContinue reading
Support Budget Transparency in DC Tomorrow!
Last week, I blogged about a somewhat unusual event going down this Wednesday: DC Arts Advocacy Day. It’s an event... View ArticleContinue reading