Web Integrity Project

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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

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.
HHS removes sex discrimination prohibition language from civil rights office website (7/19/2018) - Foreshadowing a possible shift in anti-discrimination policy, still-accurate content about sex discrimination was removed by the Office for Civil Rights.
HHS to shut down public medical guideline database, go-to for physicians (7/12/2018) - The key website for curating medical guidelines, widely used by medical professionals, was scheduled to go offline on July 16. HHS cites budget cuts as the reason.
14-Page Affordable Care Act website removed from Medicaid.gov (7/12/2018) - For the nearly 73.8 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and others newly eligible for these services, it has recently become much more difficult to learn about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Medicaid.gov. Early last month, a 14-page website dedicated to the ACA was removed from Medicaid.gov, the Read More
USCIS takes down 26 PDFs for training asylum officers from its website (5/31/2018) - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) removed a cache of materials on its asylum process shortly after President Donald Trump took office, a reduction in access detailed in our latest Web Integrity Project report. The 26 removed documents, which collectively run to several hundred pages, constitute training materials for USCIS asylum officers, offering detailed Read More
Affordable Care Act page quietly removed from Medicare website (5/17/2018) - Internet Archive's Wayback Machine snapshot of the removed “The Affordable Care Act & Medicare” page from December 18, 2017. If you’re one of the over 55 million people who is covered by Medicare, you might want to know a bit about if and how your coverage is affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What preventive Read More
Aaron Lemelin joins the Web Integrity Project as a Website Monitoring Analyst (5/10/2018) - We’re excited to welcome the Web Integrity Project’s newest member, Aaron Lemelin! Aaron will be helping the team by monitoring and documenting changes to federal websites, across health and health care, immigration, and other domains. Aaron is bringing website monitoring experience from his past contracting work with WIP and from volunteering with the Environmental Data Read More
National Archives publishes online dashboard of its investigations into lost, altered or destroyed public records (4/24/2018) - In spring 2018, for the first time the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has begun using the Internet to inform the American public about its ongoing investigations of unauthorized dispositions in an online dashboard. In a year that continues to be marked by regression on open government, this is a welcome development that shines Read More