Waldo Jaquith, the award-winning “open government technologist” who developed the White House’s Ethics.gov tool and an ongoing project to put all 50 states’ laws, court decisions and legislative tracking information on a user-friendly Web platform, delivered the keynote at the 2013 FOI Summit in New Orleans.
Jaquith, a website developer, is a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation News Challenge Fellow and the creator of The State Decoded, a free Web application created to parse and display legal codes in a friendly, open manner.
In 2011, he was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House and, in 2012, the Sunlight Foundation called him an “OpenGov Champion.”
The FOI Summit, a national conference concentrating on open government convened anually in collaboration with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), was held Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at the Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans.
Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana was the state-based co-host for this year’s Summit.
Please visit our 2013 FOI Summit homepage for more information and coverage.