Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.

I am a civic hacker, entrepreneur, and technology consultant living in Washington, DC best known for creating, the widely used website tracking the U.S. Congress.

My Work

I split my time between... founder

In 2003 I founded what would become one of the world’s most visited free government information websites. uses official government information plus our own original research to track the daily activities of the United States Congress. It is used by some 10 million individuals annually, including congressional staff, journalists, legislative professionals at small business, educators and students, and the general public. Our work catalyzed the world-wide open government data movement in the mid 2000.

GovTrack has had an out-sized impact given our small size of four part-time staffers and an annual operating budget of approximately $75,000 from advertising and member support/crowd funding.

GovReady PBC consulting technologist

GovReady PBC applies modern technology practices such as agile development to governance, risk, and compliance of federal IT systems, focusing on the NIST SP 800-53 framework and the Authority To Operate process common throughout the federal government. As a consulting technologist for the startup, I lead the development of the company’s software platform from prototyping through deployment with early adopter partners and provided expert advice to federal government clients on security and compliance.

LARSA, Inc. senior technologist

Leading multinational construction firms rely each day on software I developed at LARSA, Inc. to design billion-dollar bridges and other complex structures. LARSA’s software is a desktop application used by structural engineers. In my role as senior technologist, I manage the development of LARSA’s emerging products and bring modern technology development practices to our operations.

I am also a public member of the District of Columbia Government’s Open Government Advisory Group.

Some Writing

On Open Government/Civic Tech

How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request

I made the first ever change to a law via pull request. (Nov. 25, 2018)

So you want to reform democracy?

Hello. You probably just wrote me an email about fixing democracy. (Nov. 22, 2015)

Open Government Data: The Book (2012/2014)

On Civic Hacking

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


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

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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