Web Integrity Project

Our mission is to monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources, as well as changes in stated policies and priorities. We work with journalists to make our findings public, and we produce policy analyses to evaluate and recommend changes to Web governance practices and help ensure access to valuable Web resources. Read more about our work and follow @SunWebIntegrity for updates. Contact us securely over Signal for any tips: 443-607-2067.

The Web Integrity Project builds on the collective work that our co-founders help lead in their roles on the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s Website Monitoring Team, which tracks and reports on changes to federal environmental, climate, and energy Web resources.

Our Work

Monitoring Federal Websites

Our reports documenting changes in content and access to resources on federal websites, with an initial focus on health and healthcare and immigration.

Web Governance    Policy

We’re developing frameworks for understanding website changes and policy analyses, to work toward improved laws, regulations, and guidance that ensure continued access to public Web resources.

Gov404: WIP’s Censorship Tracker

The Gov404 Tracker aggregates and verifies the most significant cases of censorship and information removals from federal websites since November 2016.

Blog Posts

Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act would increase accountability of agencies (7/17/2019) - On Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.736, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA). ACMRA would create a central website, run by the Government Printing Office, that would make all congressionally-mandated reports publicly available within 30 days of their submission to Congress (with exceptions for reports that touch on matters of… Read More
Gov404 Tracker Update: New Tracker Entries Detailing Changes at the Department of the Interior and the Office of Population Affairs (6/27/2019) - Interior removed NativeOneStop.gov, a one-stop shop for Native American resources, and OPA migrated its webinar archive, orphaning most of the old content. Today the Web Integrity Project is adding two examples of removed resources from federal government websites to our Gov404 Tracker: The removal of NativeOneStop.gov and the reduction in access to webinar content on… Read More
State Department Removed from Its Website Authoritative Refugee Factsheets Cited in Court Filings (6/24/2019) - The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program FAQ factsheets were regular and widely-cited publications with origins that date back to the Bush administration. The 2018 version of the “U.S. Refugee Admissions Program FAQs” factsheet as captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine on May 21, 2018. As documented in our most recent report, the State Department removed… Read More
The Web Integrity Project’s monitoring processes reveal an increasing disparity in Spanish-language HIV/AIDs content (6/18/2019) - WIP Monitoring Analyst, Aaron Lemelin, reflects on WIP’s monitoring processes in the context of the overhaul of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV/AIDS website. A screenshot from our web monitoring software showing changes made to the sidebar of the CDC HIV/AIDS website, including the removal of the link for the “HIV Among Incarcerated Populations”… Read More
Office of Refugee Resettlement Website Alterations Foreshadowed Changes in Policies Toward Unaccompanied Children (6/13/2019) - Changes made to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website before May 23, 2019, foreshadowed policy changes relating to unaccompanied migrant children that were not communicated, even to ORR grantees, until May 30, 2019. ORR, an office within the Administration of Children and Families (ACF), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services… Read More
Removal of ICE Speeches Collection Demonstrates Weaknesses in Federal Agencies’ Archiving Practices (6/11/2019) - An Internet Archive Wayback Machine capture of the "Speeches and Testimonies" page from late in the evening of January 19, 2017.  In the dying minutes of the Obama administration’s final term, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed from its website a collection of almost 200 speeches and testimonies delivered by agency leadership dating back to… Read More
USCIS Removed Asylum Training Documents from Website at Direction of Top Brass (6/4/2019) - A FOIA response provides an unusual look at the removal of a series of asylum officer training documents, and a top official's insistence that they not be archived. In May of 2018, the Web Integrity Project wrote about the removal of a series of training materials — lesson plans for officials charged with evaluating the… Read More
Changes to HHS civil rights website appeared to foreshadow Trump administration’s rollback of transgender protections (5/29/2019) - Kelli Garcia of the National Women's Law Center, the group that initially identified the website changes related to Section 1557 on the HHS Office for Civil Rights website, speaks at a rally in support of trans health in front of the White House the week after the proposed rule was announced.  New regulations rolling back… Read More
Two Sides of the Same Coin: Misinformation and Disinformation (5/23/2019) - Giorgi Revishvili discusses the issues of misinformation and disinformation. Revishvili is a fellow at the Sunlight Foundation participating in the Professional Fellows Program, which is funded by the U.S Department of State and operated by the American Councils. Hailing from Georgia — the country in the South Caucasus, not the U.S. state — he works… Read More
WIP leadership briefs congressional staff on Trump administration’s web censorship of Affordable Care Act (5/21/2019) - Free Public Domain Illustrations by rawpixel Flickr via Compfightcc Leaders of the Web Integrity Project (WIP) met with congressional staff on Friday, May 17, to provide a briefing on our latest report entitled “Erasing the Affordable Care Act: Using Government Web Censorship to Undermine the Law,” and to discuss recommendations for better web governance at… Read More