Thursday, July 30, 2009

Crowdsourcing Closer Government Scrutiny

A new Web-based effort promises to track the sources of congressional earmarks, compile databases of the Twitter posts of state lawmakers, and add sharper perspective to the Obama administration's open-government efforts. Government watchdogs: With an online tool developed by Sunlight Labs, Web-based volunteers can comb through earmark requests. "Government puts out a ton of data that is really interesting about what it does, but people can't understand it," says Clay Johnson, director of Sunlight Labs, an arm of the open-government group Sunlight Foundation, based in Washington, DC.
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