The Knight Foundation just launched its annual News Challenge, posing the question: "How might we better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections?" Submit your answer by March 19!Continue reading
Local Government Procurement: How Does Your City Stack Up?
The Sunlight Foundation, Code for America, and Omidyar Network are joining forces to investigate municipal procurement trends, best practices, and... View ArticleContinue reading
Congrats to Knight News Challenge Winners!
It’s fantastic to see the eight winning projects awarded more than $3.2 million today from the Knight News Challenge on... View ArticleContinue reading
Making Open Government Data Sustainable
Earlier this week, David Eaves kicked off a fascinating conversation with a post on TechPresident. Titled "Optimism, Fear and the Knight News Challenge," it raises important questions about how open government work is supported and sustained. In particular, David focused on Democracy Map, one of two KNC finalist projects from friend-of-Sunlight Phil Ashlock. Democracy Map aims to improve U.S. citizens' ability to determine who represents them at all levels of government. David argues that a subsidy from Knight to DM could threaten the business of companies like Cicero that are trying to solve the problem through a commercial offering. Once the Knight money dries up, will Democracy Map still be around? Or will it only last long enough to kill off Cicero?Continue reading
Tools for Transparency: Research and Report with DocumentCloud
Journalists often face a problem we at Sunlight run into — dealing with huge piles of government documents sadly trapped... View ArticleContinue reading