Updates from Sunlight Foundation regarding the future of Sunlight Labs

The Sunlight Foundation continues to wind down, and projects and initiatives from Sunlight Labs are in the process of being transferred to their new homes.  

Sunlight Labs is still looking for a home for Email Congress, a service that allows constituents to email their congressional representatives directly rather than going through webforms. If you would be interested in adopting Email Congress, please email Sunlight Labs at labslove@sunlightfoundation.com.

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Sunlight Foundation – Opening up open data policy: Introducing Open Data Policies Decoded

At the Sunlight Foundation, we care about open government data and want to provide tools to empower advocates — both inside and outside the public sector — to improve and spread the public policy that is making it possible. However, there remains a glaring barrier to easily comparing and analyzing open data reforms across jurisdictions: Ironically, open data policy itself is not available as structured, machine-readable open data.

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Sunlight Foundation: The countdown is on to TransparencyCamp 2016 — and we’re taking it out on the road!

We’re busting out of the Beltway. This year, Sunlight is focusing TransparencyCamp, our annual unconference, exclusively on state and local issues. Please join us and hundreds of your friends and colleagues from across the country on Oct. 14–15, when we head to Cleveland and convene our communities in the city’s stunning downtown public library.

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Sunlight Foundation: Governments should use FOIA demand to drive open data disclosure

Now that we have achieved Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reforms in the United States, it's critical that we use what we've learned over the past decade of releasing data online to improve not only the process but public knowledge itself. Our Congress has once again affirmed that accessing information is a right, not a privilege, and that the right is enjoyed by all citizens — not just media or industry players with advantage or influence.

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Sunlight Foundation’s OpenGov Voices: Creating congressional district maps with Mapbox

Every 10 years — after the decennial census and as mandated by the U.S. Constitution – states are subdivided into sets of congressional districts for representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. GovTrack provides maps of these congressional boundaries for your reference and makes the maps available for embedding on other sites.

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