Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.


I am a civic hacker, entrepreneur, and technology consultant living in Washington, DC.


My Work

GovTrack.us founder

Track legislation moving through the United States Congress. Catalyzed the open gov data movement.

GovReady PBC software consultant

Modern "Compliance as Code" tools to help teams using Agile and DevOps get their ATO faster.

LARSA, Inc. senior technologist

Structural analysis software for bridge and earthquake engineering.


Some Writing

On Open Government/Civic Tech

On Civic Hacking

Hackathon.guide

A logistical guide to running a successful technology hackathon. (2014)

Why We Hack (June 4, 2016)

What happened at Open Data Day DC 2016? (Mar. 12, 2016)


Other Projects

Mail-in-a-Box

Take back control of your email with this easy-to-deploy mail server in a box.

From 2011-2016 I was the lead organizer of Open Data Day DC, an annual hackathon and training event, and you’ll often find me at Code for DC.

uslaw.link, a legal citation lookup tool.

ツ.life, an IDNA domain test.

Infinite Tree, a relaxing, infinitely-scrolling tree.


This is my pet turtle, Rupert, who has his own homepage and occassionally tweets.

PGP key:
keybase.io/joshdata / key.asc
5F4C 0E73 13CC D744 693B 2AEA B920 41F4 C10B DD81

the things I photograph

“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