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Meet POIA: "Public Means Online" Becomes a Bill

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 16 2010

If you were at PdF '09 in New York City, you heard the idea floated that "public means online." In other words, if the law or regulation requires some document or other resource to be "public," you ... Read More

Obama Open Government Directive is Finally Out. And It's Pretty Good.

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, December 8 2009

The White House has just released its Open Government Directive, long-awaited by transparency and "government 2.0" advocates, and at first glance, the meat on the bone looks pretty juicy. Read More

Sunlight Snags Open Source Award

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 22 2009

Clay Johnson and his team at Sunlight Labs have won the 2009 Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award at OSCON 2009 in the "Best Community Builder" category.* Not bad for a bunch of civic-minded government geeks. ... Read More

Recovery Board Depends on Sunlight's SOO

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 17 2009

An interesting Recovery.gov-related detail bubbles up from our comments. I noted in a post yesterday that the Recovery and Accountability Transparency Board had posted the Statement of Objectives for the multi-million ... Read More

Building a Better Gov Data Catalog, From the Outside In

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 16 2009

One imagines the conversation in Sunlight Labs HQ went something like this: "We can rebuild it -- we have the technology." And for far less than six million dollars! Saying that they were inspired by Data.gov ... Read More

Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge (and $25,000 Prize)

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, May 21 2009

Calling all developers: The Sunlight Foundation, Google, O'Reilly Media and Techweb are launching a new contest, Apps for America 2: The Data.gov Challenge, to celebrate the launch of Data.gov today. They're looking for ... Read More

Can Uncle Sam Balance Privacy and Engagement?

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, May 11 2009

The set-up for tomorrow's "Privacy and Analytics on Government Web Sites" event in Washington DC promises a refreshing blend of techno-utopianism and cyber conspiracy thinking. The Center for Democracy and ... Read More