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.

Documenting Dark        Data

We’re keeping track of data that’s been removed during the Trump administration. We’ll be launching a Website Change Tracker, expanding on this work by also aggregating shifts in access to webpages and Web resources.


Blog Posts

CMS removes PDF used to train assisters in providing healthcare outreach to Latino communities (12/6/2018) - The training resource, which had still-accurate information, was taken down from the CMS.gov Health Insurance Marketplace website without notice
The Web Integrity Project welcomes Sarah John as its Director of Research (11/14/2018) - We’re thrilled to announce that Sarah John is joining the Web Integrity Project as its new Director of Research! Sarah brings to WIP several years of research management experience at non-profits, including Legal Services Corporation and FairVote.
Explained: Scheduled downtime of Healthcare.gov during open enrollment (10/31/2018) - Maintenance downtimes warrant scrutiny, but experts say they’re probably reasonable and necessary.
HHS dropped “gender” from civil rights webpages in early 2018 (10/23/2018) - Recent reporting that HHS memo is seeking to legally redefine gender provides insight into the shift in terminology.
The Web Integrity Project receives a generous boost in funding (10/10/2018) - A contribution from Mike Klein, Sunlight Foundation’s Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, enables the expansion of WIP’s work monitoring and reporting on federal website changes.
Takedown of DOJ juvenile justice office webpages about still-active initiatives highlights its shift towards a more punitive approach (10/4/2018) - Current policy guidance on girls in the justice system and info about commitment to stop youth solitary confinement were removed
White House takes down archive of daily newsletter from website without notice (9/13/2018) - Amidst website redesign, White House removes archive of its widely read newsletter,"1600 Daily," effectively eliminating a significant record of its past communications.
Office of Refugee Resettlement quietly removes entire staff directory webpage (8/14/2018) - A page listing email addresses and phone numbers for 22 members of ORR's leadership was taken down without notice
HHS in-house think tank sidelines ACA publications (7/28/2018) - Healthcare research from the Obama administration has been buried by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, or ASPE.
Explained: The shutdown of the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the independent efforts to launch a replacement (7/20/2018) - New context from a Harvard Law copyright expert, the non-profit that will be launching new efforts to compile medical guidelines, and a Stanford health economist.