Luigi showed how government has lots of useful data but few tools to make sense of the data. Here's where software developers can make a contribution: to build free tools to make this data more accessible. He talked about the various opportunities and why accomplishing them would make a real difference.
Purpose: get government to open up its data and provide software tools to comprehend it.
Over a thousand people in their effort.
"D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people."
- Electoral Politics no
- Governance yes
- Open source
Civic Side Projects
- Challenging entrenched bureacracies
- Open source + Open data = better Government
- Government opens data; they write apps aeround it.
- Government as a wholesaler, not retailer.
Sunlight Labs API
- Bio and contact info for elective office holders.
- Example: how much health insurance money has been spent politically and how.
GovTrack.us - Bills and Vote Records
MAPLight.org - Vote Influence
- How representative voted correlated w/ donations.
Code for America
- Will choose 5 cities
- 5 developers will be supplied to each of those cities.
- Modeled after Teach for America program.
- #transparency on Freenode
- github didn't get actual repository
- Enhance your skillset
- Low risk, high reward
- Another testing framework? Really?
- Local/state govts. an untapped market
- Solve a hard problem.
- David Cameron: in a Ted talk "The next age of government"