Tools for transparency from the Sunlight Foundation (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2015 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Bill Allison of Foreign Policy; Jacob Fenton of Public Accountability Initiative; Robert Lannon of Sunlight Foundation; Ryan Sibley of Sunlight Foundation
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 5 at 4:50pm
  • Location: Franklin 7
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

See first hand new and improved tools, and get a preview of coming attractions from the Sunlight Foundation. We'll demo tools that can help you research people, follow all the money sluicing through the electoral system -- whether its lobbyists working legislators or dark money groups taking to the airwaves, learn the latest about criminal justice data, and more. 


Speaker Bios

  • Bill Allison is senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, where he helps conceptualize projects, studies political influence in all its manifestations and writes about it on Sunlight's blog. Previously, he worked at the Center for Public Integrity, where he edited the bestselling book The Buying of the President 2004 and co-wrote, which Charles Lewis, The Cheating of America. He started his career at the Philadelphia Inquirer. @bill_allison
  • Jacob Fenton is the lead developer of The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s Public Accountability Project. He’s worked previously as Editorial Engineer at The Sunlight Foundation, as Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting at IRW, and as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Pennsylvania and California. In 2015/16 he was a JSK Fellow at Stanford. He's based in Portland, Oregon.

  • Robert is a developer at the Sunlight Foundation, working on influence-related open government data. He develops web apps, finds new ways to mash up data sources, and supports ad-hoc requests from researchers, reporters & developers for data related to campaign finance, lobbying, and related disclosures. Robert’s background is in natural language processing and machine learning. @boblannon

  • Ryan is a writer and researcher specializing in politics, influence, criminal justice and data-driven stories. She's currently working with a team of researchers to create an inventory of criminal justice data produced nationwide, including federal, state and local level data. @ryansibley

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