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White House Applauds Technological 'Champions of Change'

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, August 3 2011

In Virginia, residents can go online to watch hundreds of hours of footage of floor speeches from the state legislature. A tool to analyze data on asthma attacks is expanding use, providing medical information that could potentially save lives. In San Francisco, it's easier than ever before to understand the maze of regulations that governs what land can be used for where.

All of these are thanks to people recognized this week by White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra as part of the White House's "Champions of Change" initiative, a weekly spotlight on new ideas. This week is technology week for the White House, with a focus on folks who built applications around government data to improve life for their fellow citizens.

The White House's website is hosting profiles of many folks whose names we recognize — like Localocracy founder Conor White Sullivan, whose platform allows for town residents to debate municipal issues over time; Chicago technologist Daniel X. O'Neil, whose works include collaborating with now-Obama campaign Chief Technology Officer Harper Reed on Chicago's citypayments.org; and Michael Riedijk, whose YouTown service offers turnkey mobile applications for local governments. The Virginia legislature is more open thanks to Waldo Jaquith, who founded Richmond Sunlight; Leigh Budlong launched ZonabilitySF in San Francisco; and David Van Sickle of Reciprocal Labs developed an asthma tracker.

More profiles of we-government projects — some techPresident readers will have heard of and others they may not know about — are here.