Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.

A civic hacker? in Washington, DC, USA.

I split my time between a number of projects that mostly mix technology and civic engagement. My real work includes: (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. (co-founder)

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

Plus various consulting. My after-hours tech projects include:

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


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I also like to write:

Open Government Data: The Book

My guide to the what and why of open government data (2012, updated in 2014).

A logistical guide to running a hackathon.

My Blog

Various other thoughts.


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