Building off the exciting announcement last week of a new API for NYC Council legislative info, here’s a look back at what the non-profit field has done over the past eleven years, and what we can still do. (Another version.)
Our non-profit startup PPF conceived of OpenCongress in 2004, as a political hack of the free culture movement, and later launched it publicly in 2007 as an #opengov transparency project.
With our work since then, it’s been encouraging to see many advances in accountable representative democracy moving-in to government itself. In other words, government is slowly adopting features to become more digitally-responsive and open to public comments. More ‘participatory’. Continue reading