Trends in Transparency: Talking with Sunlight Foundation’s John Wonderlich

The Sunlight Foundation brings together developers, journalists and citizens to explore issues of transparency and openness in the public sphere.

Sunlight’s Director of Policy John Wonderlich shares national and international perspectives on open government, where collaboration between government and civil society, and good decision-making about data are the next open government frontiers for public agencies.

John also highlights key learnings from their 2012 Transparency Camp as well as the Open Government Partnership meeting in Brazil.

A vision for open government has to be developed collaboratively or else it’s not open government – it’s going to turn into something else because there’s lots of different kinds of stakeholders. In a sense, it’s one of the broadest issues imaginable becuase anyone who works on any other kind of issue us going to have a stake in open government.

John_WonderlichAbout John Wonderlich

John Wonderlich is the policy director for the Sunlight Foundation and one of the nation’s foremost advocates for open government. John spearheads Sunlight’s goal of changing the government by opening up key data sources and information to make government more accountable to citizens. He is one of the foremost authorities on transparency policy, from legislation and accountability in Congress to ethics and information policy in the executive branch.

John has spoken internationally on technology and transparency and has testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News and C-SPAN, and his expertise has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media outlets..

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