Tracking the government via mashup

04/26/2007 | Wired magazine

Politicians are facing heightened levels of scrutiny from ordinary citizens who can track their votes and spending allocations using custom data mashups that tap databases of public records. "Prior to the Web, you'd have to visit a secretary of state's office and sort through paper records," said Dan Newman, executive director of the nonpartisan MapLight.org. "The level of access that's now available to anyone at the click of a button is just tremendous."

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