AUTHORS

Noah Kunin is the Multimedia Content Producer for the Sunlight Foundation. He leads the conceptualization and production of high-quality, creative and persuasive visual content that works in concert with articles and initiatives across the Sunlight Foundation's network. He also works with the latest technologies and open video community to connect government data to video content.

Noah has an eclectic background in video journalism, government, genetic engineering and non-profit technology management. Before Sunlight, he was the Senior Political Correspondent for The UpTake, a citizen-fueled, online video news gathering organization known for its exhaustive live-streaming coverage of the 2008 Recount and Election Contest Trial between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. Noah can be found on Twitter: @noahkunin

October 26, 2010

Ads Are No More Negative In This Election Than Previous Years

As we approach Election Day, the number of ads continue to increase, but based on recent data from the Wesleyan Media Project they are no more negative than in previous years.
September 28, 2010

6 Ways to Crowdsource Government

Just a few years ago crowdsourcing was a novel concept, mainly untried. Now that the idea has gained traction, it could be used in any realm -- even in government.
September 7, 2010

Bill Would Place Agency Reports to Congress Online

Recently legislation introduced in Congress would make it a lot easier for the public to access thousands of congressionally mandated reports, which often provide valuable insight into what the federal government is (or should be) doing.
August 30, 2010

Transparency Best Practices for States, Pt. 3

As Sunlight Foundation sets the stage for advocating on local and state transparency issues, inevitably the question comes: How exactly do you go about learning more about policies in your state?
August 27, 2010

Transparency Best Practices for States, Pt. 2

Sunlight Foundation is digging into state level transparency issues best practices. The three issues it is focusing on: ethics and campaign finance, legislative data and budget transparency.
August 25, 2010

Transparency Best Practices for States, Pt. 1

Over the next few weeks and months, Sunlight Foundation and Public Equals Online will develop a guide on how to do state-level organizing and advocacy around transparency and open government.
August 17, 2010

White House Announces Leading Practices Winners

On Thursday, the White House announced the winners of their Leading Practices initiative -- agencies that proactively attained a higher standard of transparency.
August 13, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Non-Partisan

Being a non-partisan organization may seem ambiguous, but Sunlight Foundation maintains that transparency is something both political sides can agree on and fight for.
July 13, 2010

Where is the Government's Blowout Preventer?

Just as there is now a new cap being fitted over the leaking oil well, patching a mechanical failure, Sunlight Foundation is left wondering whether the now-defunct Minerals Management Service will be fixed as well.
July 8, 2010

Grading the New USA.gov

USA.gov just launched the new design of their website. Since we took a stab at redesigning it ourselves back in January 2009, Sunlight Foundation thought it would see if they took any of its advice.
June 9, 2010

Citizens United: South Dakota's response

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United v. FEC case has rendered 24 state election laws unconstitutional. The Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group has decided to report what each state is doing to respond to the highly-contested ruling. We’re going state by state, and now onto South Dakota.
June 8, 2010

Citizens United: Arizona's Response

The Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group has decided to report what states are doing to respond to the highly-contested Citizens United v FEC ruling. We’ll go state by state, starting with Arizona.
May 11, 2010

From Earmark to Disappearmark

What happens when earmarked money isn't spent?
May 10, 2010

Government Data Sets: Managing Expectations

With few exceptions, data sets being released were not assembled with the explicit intention of being made public, nor scrutinized. What we need to do is provide ways for the government community to address the state, quality and lineage of a data set--and encourage them to publish it anyway.
May 6, 2010

Comparing the House and Senate Versions of the DISCLOSE Act

Sunlight's Policy Counsel wrote about his curiosity regarding the differences between the House and Senate versions of the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that responds to the Supreme Court's campaign finance decision in Citizens United. Today, he has his answer.
May 6, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee to Ponder Court Transparency

When it comes to directing some sunlight at the courts, there are many more transparency measures to consider.
May 5, 2010

DISCLOSE Shines a Bright Light on Corporate Expenditures but Leaves Political Activities in the Shadows

Sunlight couldn’t agree more with the name of the bill introduced today by Senator Schumer and Representatives Van Hollen and Castle: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (the DISCLOSE Act).