Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.

A civic hacker? in Washington, DC, USA.

the things I do, which launched in 2004, helps millions of individuals track and understand the activities of the U.S. Congress, and it was the first website to create comprehensive open data for Congress.

In 2015 I launched, a new approach to campaign finance change.

I also do various sorts of consulting, co-organize Open Data Day DC each year, 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