This week is government sunshine week. It celebrates making government more transparent and accountable. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” once said US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, referring to the practice of making information widely available to the public. Today many organizations champion the cause, with technology making it easier than ever to keep up to date on government affairs.
This year Watchdog Wire is asking you to do a citizens audit of the Hamilton County website. Can you access budgets on the County website, or find contact information for all public officials? Are meeting minutes available? Is there a database of all public spending? How user friendly or transparent is the website for everyday citizens? A full scoring rubric is available here.
As a Software Engineer, long time web developer and supporter of OpenDataCincy, I will bring 21st-century transparency to our antiquated County government. We will open up APIs, stream meetings online and generally make government work for the people again in a manner that is accessible in today’s world.