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What Good Is a Gigabit?

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:26 PM

This article was co-written by Jake Brewer and Joe Kochan, Communications Director and Chief Operating Officer for US Ignite.

What do we get with a Gigabit Internet?

At 1 billion "bits per second," a gigabit is 200 times faster than today's U.S. average of roughly 5 million...

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Making Civic Data Useful: The Civic Data Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 12:39 PM

The national Civic Data Challenge is wrapping up this weekend and it needs the best and brightest ideas out there to help make localized "civic health" data useful through visualizations and apps that better educate and engage civic leaders on what's going on in their communities.


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My "Illegal" Brother Defines American

(35) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 5:02 PM

Ron Paul brought us together Building 45 of the Google-Plex in the summer of 2007.

It was an exciting time for us poli-tech geeks, as we were several months into seeing just how much could be done with all the internet had given us for something as big as...

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The Tragedy of Political Advocacy

(16) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 5:26 PM

If you are one of the 135 million people [1] who have contacted Congress by letter, phone call, or online petition in the last few years, you've probably asked yourself: "Did that matter?"

Despite how good your civic action may have made you feel, the overwhelming odds are that...

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Sunlight on the Health Care Summit

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:49 PM

We're trying something a little different today, and we hope you'll join us.

As Republican and Democratic leaders have started debating health care in a televised forum today, the Sunlight Foundation is providing an alternative to the mainstream media's coverage with something we're calling Sunlight Live

The idea...

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Bringing Local Government into the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2010 | 10:59 AM

"Working in Government is like running a marathon. Blindfolded. Wearing Sandbags"

That's a quote from Katie Stanton, who is now in the Office of Innovation at the State Department after transitioning from Google (with a little stop as White House citizen participation director in between). It speaks remarkably...

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Civic Hackers for Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 2:19 PM

Tomorrow morning, software developers from around Washington, D.C. will come together at the Sunlight Foundation in order to find the best ways to use data and create solutions for aid workers to assist the relief efforts in Haiti. These CrisisCamps, (an idea which arose out of Transparency Camp...

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The Pulse of Congress At Your Fingertips

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 2:24 PM

People go up to Capitol Hill all the time to talk, but the ideas or perspectives that truly move are the ones pushed by people that are in touch with the up-to-the-minute pulse of Congress' workings and use that information to their advantage. It's not often pretty, but it's how...

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72 Hours for Defense Appropriations Bill

(6) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 4:58 PM

Last week, Congress spent $1.1 trillion tax dollars by combining six pieces of appropriations ("spending") legislation into one 1,000+ page "minibus" bill and passing it with almost no public disclosure or debate. In fact, the bill was available to the public online for less than 24 hours.

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Paranormal Legislative Activity

(3) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 4:19 PM

Some really strange stuff went down when the Sunlight Foundation gave a Congressional bill and a camera to a couple. Totally unexplainable.

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The Senate Hates Young People and Trees...

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 4:13 PM

...or at least that's what it seems like.

There's not much in the way of justification we can think of to explain why the Senate hasn't yet passed S.482, so...

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(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 5:45 PM

It's now showing up all over the social web and in news reports. The government run website -- which was set up to help the public hold government accountable for stimulus spending -- lists a stimulus contract awarded to Clougherty Packing LLC for $1.19M for the listed service of...

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New "RaceTracker" Wiki to Keep Tabs on Every Congressional Race Nationwide

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 3:57 PM

This is awesome: "a non-partisan, fully-referenced, open-source and crowd-sourced wiki project that lists every candidate running in every U.S. Senate, House and governor's race."

The project, dubbed RaceTracker, was coordinated by the folks at the Swing State Project as they completed a nationwide survey of the candidates in each...

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Data.Gov Launches: Why You Should Care and What You Should Do

(3) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 4:48 PM

Sometimes the geekiest stuff is the most important. When it comes to creating a more transparent and accountable government, Thursday, May 21, is one of those sometimes.

On this beautiful morning, our nation's citizenry received one of the greatest gifts it could receive from its government: raw, freely and easily...

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Green Youth Tweet for Clean Energy at Climate Hearings

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 9:12 AM

Occupying the committee room and the halls of Congress while donning green T-shirts and hard hats, young people are on Capitol Hill this week to join hearings on energy and climate change reform.

But these youth aren't just listening idly while their Representatives debate their future.

Instead, these...

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The Earth (Movie) Will Blow Your Mind

(13) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 4:32 PM

"How can people be expected to care if they aren't inspired? This is a movie designed to inspire."

That's they way producer Alastair Fothergill described his highly anticipated new film Earth this week at the film's early screening in DC.

Now I am not, nor claim to be, a...

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Hope Is Not a Strategy

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 1:28 PM

I'm sitting a couple blocks north of the White House and the buzz around here is intense. Still.

The sense that we are in the middle of a massively-historical moment is palpable, and there's a lot of talk about yesterday's inauguration ushering in new era for our country. To be...

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"This Is Reality" Takes On the Clean Coal Lie

(50) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 2:31 PM

On the morning of the Presidential election I was waiting in line for coffee in a rural west North Carolina cafe when a "clean" coal ad blared from a wall-mounted flat screen tuned to CNN.

A local woman, Connie, I had been chatting with about the clean energy campaign...

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GM Goes Grassroots. A Son is Torn.

(28) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 4:43 PM

On November 12, Tom Brewer received an "URGENT call to action..." along with all other General Motors employees in the United States from GM North American President Troy Clarke. The return email address was "" The urgent task at hand: Call your members of Congress to request that the...

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Penn State: 1000 Youth in Line to Vote at 7am

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 1:11 PM

This came in this morning from Power Vote organizers in Pennsylvania.

This video was shot by Bill Sheibler at Penn State University -- University Park, PA 16802.

Almost 1000 students in line to vote by 7am.

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