Open source technologies, communities, and methodologies are playing an increasingly important role in international governments and policy-making.

Scout: Sending you updates about government activity

Transparency in government
Recently, I created and launched a new website for the Sunlight Foundation called Scout . It's the product I'm the most proud of building in my three...Read more

HuffPost releases Pollster, an open source API for managing election polling, fostering transparency

In case you haven't noticed, it's an election year in the United States. And with the election in full swing, there is a plethora of data, from a...Read more

Open Source for America asks U.S. government to "Free the Code"

Open Source for America logo
Open Source for America launched a petition Thursday to "Free the Code," an effort to encourage the U.S. federal government to release custom-...Read more

The Open Source Initiative: Add your voice

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One of my personal open source community highlights this year was joining the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board. I first discovered OSI in 2003 when...Read more

Helping the European Parliament to release its own free software

open parliament
For the first time, the European Parliament is about to release one of its own programs as Free Software . The program in question is called AT4AM,...Read more

5 Questions with David A. Wheeler

5 Questions
Meet David A. Wheeler. He's a Research Staff Member for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and a well-known speaker, author, and expert on open...Read more

PolitwOOPs! Deleted tweets from politicians never die

Donkey elephant oops
A brief tweet from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) recently invited you to see her newly-decorated apartment and head-to-toe fashions. The problem? It...Read more

An open source city takes shape: The impact of Open Raleigh

An open source city takes shape: The impact of Open Raleigh
In part one of this series, we talked about open government scoring another victory with the City of Raleigh's Open Raleigh initiative. We reviewed...Read more