Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.


I am a civic hacker, an entrepreneur, and an advocate for greater transparency in government.

My Work

GovTrack.us founder

Transparency for the U.S. Congress. Helps millions of individuals track and understand legislation; first website to create comprehensive open data for Congress; launched in 2004.

if.then.fund co-founder

Reshaping Congress by empowering small dollar donors to make contributions based on the outcome of votes in Congress. Launched in 2015.

LARSA, Inc. senior technologist

Structural analysis software for bridges and earthquake engineering.

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


Some Writing

So you want to reform democracy?

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

Hackathon.guide

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

Open Government Data: The Book

Principles of open government data and a history of the movement. (2012, updated in 2014)


My 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.

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
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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