My first two weeks working on the real time project has involved sending out FOIA requests to as many as 80 federal agencies. We are asking for logs of correspondence between members of Congress and each agency. Most of them have been via e-mail or online forms and around 25 others via regular mail.
Since this is going to be a monthly feature, I was hoping that FOIA officers would send us the data at the end of every month, but that seems increasingly unlikely after a few conversations I've had with FOIA officers at the Environmental Protection Agency ...Continue reading
We're launching a number of real time investigative projects at the Sunlight Foundation, and this blog is sort of a diary of the investigations, where you can follow, day by day, what my colleague, Investigative Writer Anupama Narayanswamy, and I are up to as we go about our business trying to make Congress more transparent.
Right now, Anupama's main focus (you'll be hearing a lot more about this in the days to come) is FOIAing all of the roughly 120 federal agencies, requesting correspondence logs from members of Congress for January and February 2007. As they come ...Continue reading
Is Ajaj the new Ajax?Continue reading
APIs and mashups are the bread and butter of the Sunlight Labs. In fact, the official name of the the Labs is actually The Sunlight Mashup Labs, so it is perhaps not surprising that we headed off to the MashupCamp 3 at MIT, Cambridge a couple of weeks ago to geek out and to see the latest happenings, trends and players in the world of mashups and technology.Continue reading
The history of computing has some interesting trends. First it was all about mainframes. To get anything computed you had to logon to some remote machine so large that if filled a room. Then came along the desktop; desktop apps were (and arguably still are) it. In the 1990's, however, things got pushed onto the web, web sites were the thing, and now with the rise of Ajax, web apps are becoming the new it.Continue reading
While reading a couple of posts in Ajaxian about hacking the canvas tag with a flickr stream and a mootools-based image gallery stream it struck me just how sophisticated some Ajax-based UIs have become, so much so that it has become harder to tell what is and is not flash.Continue reading