Maplight allows the citizen to find out who is buying favor with their local politicians. It might suprise you who are the real movers and shakers. Here is a snippet of article found recently:
Thanks to the open data movement, which really has gained momentum over the last few years, folks can now see what is going on behind closed doors.
Technology advances have brought citizens applications and tools to digest and sort through all of the data that is now out there.
Publishing the data is only one part of the process, that’s why many non-profits and for-profit companies are stepping in to make sure folks are not flooded and bogged down with the data.
Here is the third video in a 5 part series of the open data movement.
Here is Maplight, a non-profit watchdog organization.
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