About the Web Integrity Project
We launched the Website Integrity Project (WIP) 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. Follow @SunWebIntegrity for updates.
WIP began in February 2018, at a time when the federal government’s priorities were evolving and regular Web removals and censorship during the first year of the Trump administration continued to alarm the public and reduce access to public information.
Expanding on our co-founders’ work in 2017 as Sunlight Fellows, documenting, analyzing, and classifying changes and removals of resources on federal websites, we wanted to be able to provide journalists and the public a way to distinguish between routine changes and those that substantially censor information.
WIP builds on the collective work that our co-founders helped start and lead in their roles on the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s (EDGI) Website Monitoring Team, which tracks and reports on changes to federal environmental, climate, and energy Web resources. In writing our website monitoring reports, we make use of protocols that our co-founders helped develop with colleagues at EDGI, in addition to relying on partners at the Internet Archive and making use of their Wayback Machine.
Our Role Protecting Public Web Resources
Beyond providing the public insight to the ways our government may undermine the integrity of public information and Web resources, we believe it’s important to help the public understand how it can access those resources in the future and demand that the government makes that access possible. An informed public can call on the government to sustain valuable programs and demand the creation of important safeguards that contribute to our collective well-being, but the government diminishes the public’s capacity to do so when it censors public information.
Our website monitoring reports are geared toward providing journalists and advocates with essential context for how federal websites evolve. We also serve as a resource, assisting journalists as they use changes to federal websites as a lens for better understanding agencies’ shifting priorities.
The Web Integrity Project Team
Toly Rinberg (Director) – Toly is responsible for all WIP operations and leads the WIP team’s efforts to hold our government accountable by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources.
Toly helps lead the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s Website Monitoring Team. He is currently on leave from his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Harvard University, and he graduated from Stanford University with an M.S. in Biophysics and from Brandeis University with a B.S. in Physics.
Rachel Bergman (Director of Programs) – Rachel oversees WIP’s monitoring efforts. She leads research and monitoring of agency websites and coordinates the work of volunteer monitoring analysts. She writes and vets reports on website changes, and coordinates public and media outreach for releases.
Prior to co-founding WIP and joining Sunlight, Rachel completed a Master’s in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Molecular Biology, and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy.
Andrew Bergman (Director of Policy) – Andrew leads research and analysis of federal Web governance policies and how laws, regulations, and guidance for Web records management apply to observed website changes. He oversees the drafting of recommendations for future best practices for how agencies should provide notice for website changes, log them, and create Web archives. He also contributes to vetting website monitoring reports.
Andrew also serves as a Special Environmental Advisor at the Project On Government Oversight and helps lead the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative’s Website Monitoring Team. He is currently on leave from his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Harvard University, and he graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Physics. He’s also Rachel’s brother.. I bet you just thought the name thing was a coincidence.