A collection of essays, interviews, and case studies that provides a multi-faceted and nonpartisan account of government as it becomes transparent, collaborative, and participatory. Suitable for advocates of openness and e-government, it offers a persuasive argument for transparency and interactivity in government at various levels.
Daniel Lathrop is a former investigative projects reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He has covered politics in Washington state, Iowa, Florida and Washington D.C. He was a senior researcher on the New York Times bestselling The Buying of the President 2004 by Charles Lewis. He is a specialist in campaign finance and computer assisted reporting, the practice of using data analysis to report the news. He writes code in Perl, Python and PHP. He was the primary architect of the data for the Center for Public Integrity's successful Lobbywatch project, which provided the first truly searchable online database of federal lobbying available to the general public. He supervised the data team that developed CPI's Power Trips investigation of Congressional junkets. Laurel Ruma is an editor at O'Reilly Media covering the Microsoft and Gov 2.0 topic areas. She is the co-chair for the Gov 2.0 Expo. Laurel joined the company in 2005 after being an editor at various IT research/consulting firms in the Boston area, including Forrester Research. Laurel went to Union College and is a photographer and homebrewer.