Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.

A civic hacker? in Washington, DC, USA.

the things I do lets you track and research bills in the U.S. Congress. I built and launched GovTrack in 2004.

Most of my other work is made up of contract projects and consulting for government agencies and foundations related to government transparency.

I also co-organize Open Data Day DC each year (see photo), support other hackathons, and you’ll often find me at Code for DC.

My side project Mail-in-a-Box makes it easy to deploy a mail server.

the things I write

Open Government Data: The Book is my massive guide to the what and why of open government data (2012, updated in 2014). is a logistical guide to running a hackathon.

More on my blog.

“If you already know what recursion is, just remember the answer. Otherwise, find someone who is standing closer to Douglas Hofstadter than you are; then ask him or her what recursion is.” -- Andrew Plotkin