Civic Hacking @ LA RubyConf 2010

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Civic Hacking @ LA RubyConf 2010

  1. 1. Civic Hacking Luigi Montanez luigi@sunlightfoundation.com LA RubyConf 2010
  2. 2. I am here to recruit you. Question? @LuigiMontanez
  3. 3. “D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people.” Question? @LuigiMontanez
  4. 4. “Transparency” Question? @LuigiMontanez
  5. 5. Question? @LuigiMontanez
  6. 6. Questions for me? @LuigiMontanez Question? @LuigiMontanez
  7. 7. “Civic Hacking” Question? @LuigiMontanez
  8. 8. Participatory Democracy Question? @LuigiMontanez
  9. 9. Umm, we’re software developers... Question? @LuigiMontanez
  10. 10. Civic Hacking Text
  11. 11. Some Guiding Principles... Question? @LuigiMontanez
  12. 12. Electoral Politics Question? @LuigiMontanez
  13. 13. Electoral Politics Governance Question? @LuigiMontanez
  14. 14. Closed Source Question? @LuigiMontanez
  15. 15. Closed Source Open Source Question? @LuigiMontanez
  16. 16. Civic Side Projects Question? @LuigiMontanez
  17. 17. Open Source + Open Data = Better Government Question? @LuigiMontanez
  18. 18. Government as a wholesaler, not retailer Question? @LuigiMontanez
  19. 19. .fec? .wtf? Question? @LuigiMontanez
  20. 20. High Quality Raw Data ✴ First: Raw data in XML, JSON, or CSV ✴ Second: RESTful APIs in JSON/XML ✴ Third: Nothing really... Question? @LuigiMontanez
  21. 21. Civic Hacking Defined Question? @LuigiMontanez
  22. 22. Federal Government Question? @LuigiMontanez
  23. 23. Credit: vgm8383 on Flickr
  24. 24. APIs about Congress ✴ Sunlight Labs API - Bio and contact info ✴ OpenSecrets.org - Contributions ✴ GovTrack.us - Bills and Vote Records ✴ MAPLight.org - Vote Influence Question? @LuigiMontanez
  25. 25. U.S. Courts System ✴ 1 Supreme Court ✴ 12 Courts of Appeals ✴ 94 District Courts ✴ Courts for Patents, International Trade, Bankruptcy Question? @LuigiMontanez
  26. 26. State Governments Question? @LuigiMontanez
  27. 27. Other State Efforts ✴ FollowTheMoney.org ✴ 50 State Project - transform legislative data for all 50 states into a common format Question? @LuigiMontanez
  28. 28. Cities ✴ Washington, D.C. ✴ New York City ✴ San Francisco Question? @LuigiMontanez
  29. 29. 311 API Question? @LuigiMontanez
  30. 30. What about my city? Question? @LuigiMontanez
  31. 31. Getting Involved ✴ groups.google.com/group/sunlightlabs ✴ #transparency on Freenode ✴ github.com/sunlightlabs ✴ @sunlightlabs on Twitter ✴ SunlightLabs.com Question? @LuigiMontanez
  32. 32. Consider Civic Hacking ✴ Enhance your skillset ✴ Low risk, high reward ✴ Another testing framework? Really? ✴ Local/state govts. an untapped market ✴ Solve a hard problem Question? @LuigiMontanez
  33. 33. Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. Question? @LuigiMontanez
  34. 34. Thanks! Question? @LuigiMontanez
  35. 35. Questions? Question? @LuigiMontanez

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