Celebrate Sunshine Week
- Please see below. In particular Larry Lessig will debut his Change
Congress agenda tomorrow. I have a hunch we'll see a new geographic
It will be webcast, at 1:30pm.
Stay tuned for yet *another* cool maps mashup related to electronic
voting machines, to be published hopefully in a couple of weeks.
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Subject: Celebrate Sunshine Week
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 01:09:01 +1100
From: Sunlight Foundation <gschneider@...>
This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative organized by the
American Society of Newspaper Editors to open a dialogue about the
importance of open government and public information access.
As the nation considers what an open government means, we are
continuing to encourage Congress to become more transparent.
Here are some recommendations from Sunlight:
I hope you join in with your thoughts via a blog post, or a call
to your member of Congress.
In commemoration of Sunshine Week, we are participating in two
events dedicated to promoting a more open government. We invite
you to join us, and for those of you who can't make it to
Washington, DC, we encourage you to watch the webcasts of
Today, in conjunction with Open the Government, Greg Elin of
Sunlight Labs will moderate a panel to demonstrate new ways
nonprofitshave made government data open and useful to the public.
* Sheila Krumholz of Center for Responsive Politics
* David Moore of OpenCongress.org
* Sean Moulton of FedSpending.org
* Daniel X. O'Neil of EveryBlock
The sites they'll demonstrate make hard-to-find government
information -- federal, state and local -- easy for you to find
and use. Details, including registration for webcast:
(The registration page is the same page you'll visit to view
On Thursday, March 20, Sunlight and Omidyar Network will host a
press briefing featuring Lawrence Lessig, who will announce the
launch of his new "Change Congress" project. Lessig, renowned
expert in intellectual property and founder of Creative Commons,
recently changed his mission to combat the influence of money in
American democracy. The details about the event, including the
webcast link, are here:
This Sunshine Week, you can shine a light on Congress with help
from Sunlight grantee Capitol News Connection, a public radio
producer. Help CNC's journalists keep lawmakers on their toes
using its new Ask Your Lawmaker widget
http://www.askyourlawmaker.org/. The widget makes it easy to
submit questions you want members of Congress to answer. CNC
award-winning public radio journalists track down lawmakers,
microphone in hand, and get the MP3 audio answers. You listen,
comment and share! You can even get auto-generated embed code to
use the answers in your blog. Help keep Congress accountable --
upload the widget and tell all your friends! Give CNC reporters
the ability to say to the Speaker or a Committee chairman, "This
question comes to you from 9593 people in 27 states." They pay a
lot of attention when they know you care!
Happy Sunshine Week,
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