Monday, May 4, 2009

Helping you do your civic duty

On the same vein as one of links last time...
Sunlight Labs recently held a contest, Apps for America, in an attempt to make "Congress more accountable, interactive and transparent." The winner was Filibusted, which keeps track of senators who filibuster. It aggregates some data from GovTrack.

I'm reminded of Show Us a Better Way, a UK competition site which tries to make public information more accessible. Google also announced that they're going to make public data more searchable and accessible, but that isn't a surprise. They've been doing that for quite some time, but the US government should try out these contests.

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