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Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.

A civic hacker* in Washington, DC, USA.

In 2004 I launched GovTrack.us, a government transparency tool for the U.S. Congress, and I have been tracking Congress ever since.

My part-time/consulting work currently includes LARSA, Inc. (a structural engineering software company) and the Council of the District of Columbia.

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

Civic hacking* is creative use of technology to innovate our civic lives, especially our participation in government. See my book Open Government Data: The Book (2012) for what this is all about.

I once long ago wanted to be a FBI profiler or a movie director, and now I dream of being a chef or the newspaper editor in Spiderman.

“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