With a BA in government, you might say it's been a lifelong avocation to observe the workings of our republic. And my academic studies certainly had an influence on my work a few years ago in the area of corporate transparency. [I was either too early or too late.]
So in one of the notes we bloggers received today from the Web 2.0 Expo team, I was interested to see that they've added a track in government. Here's the story, from Janetti Chon.
seeks to help the Web 2.0 community understand how they can bring their
skills and knowledge to bear on this critical problem, whether as
individuals seeking to enable change or companies looking for a new
A related agenda opportunity is a hackathon sponsored by Sunlight Labs. Here's that story.
Sunlight Labs is an open source development team that
builds technology to make government more transparent and accountable. Part of
the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation, they are one of our favorite
organizations, so we’ve invited them to host a hackathon at Web 2.0 Expo, where
attendees build an application that promotes transparency in government. You
can vote now for the application you want to build (or think needs to
be built). We’ll post an update on Web 2.0 Expo’s blog when the
project is selected. We welcome you to join our on-site hackathon – stop by to
help out for an hour or a day, contribute to rebuilding our democracy, and meet
some great folks! Open Tuesday 9am-6pm,
Wednesday & Thursday 9am-5pm.
Meanwhile, I'll be announcing a special offer for Web 2.0 Expo in the next few days — stay tuned.