Civic Hacking @ LA RubyConf 2010
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  • 1. Civic Hacking Luigi Montanez luigi@sunlightfoundation.com LA RubyConf 2010
  • 2. I am here to recruit you. Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 3. “D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people.” Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 4. “Transparency” Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 5. Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 6. Questions for me? @LuigiMontanez Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 7. “Civic Hacking” Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 8. Participatory Democracy Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 9. Umm, we’re software developers... Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 10. Civic Hacking Text
  • 11. Some Guiding Principles... Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 12. Electoral Politics Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 13. Electoral Politics Governance Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 14. Closed Source Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 15. Closed Source Open Source Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 16. Civic Side Projects Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 17. Open Source + Open Data = Better Government Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 18. Government as a wholesaler, not retailer Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 19. .fec? .wtf? Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 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. Civic Hacking Defined Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 22. Federal Government Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 23. Credit: vgm8383 on Flickr
  • 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. U.S. Courts System ✴ 1 Supreme Court ✴ 12 Courts of Appeals ✴ 94 District Courts ✴ Courts for Patents, International Trade, Bankruptcy Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 26. State Governments Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 27. Other State Efforts ✴ FollowTheMoney.org ✴ 50 State Project - transform legislative data for all 50 states into a common format Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 28. Cities ✴ Washington, D.C. ✴ New York City ✴ San Francisco Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 29. 311 API Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 30. What about my city? Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 31. Getting Involved ✴ groups.google.com/group/sunlightlabs ✴ #transparency on Freenode ✴ github.com/sunlightlabs ✴ @sunlightlabs on Twitter ✴ SunlightLabs.com Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 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. Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 34. Thanks! Question? @LuigiMontanez
  • 35. Questions? Question? @LuigiMontanez