As I watch the first of the results of the election come in, I’m struck by the wide variety of options of websites offering data. Until this election, we’ve been left obsessively reloading the SBE’s website, hopping around from precinct to precinct, district to district, trying to remember what the numbers were when last we […]
This ad popped up on Gmail the other day. It’s an opposition ad, placed by McDonnell. But with ad text like that, maybe it should be reported as an in-kind contribution to the Deeds campaign.
I posted a question to the Neon Guild mailing list a few days ago about a vexing little problem. For Richmond Sunlight I’m taking regular snapshots of the websites of every member of the General Assembly, as an archive for folks to browse months or years from now, to see what sort of promises legislators […]
Last week a new law went into effect that exempts the first five digits of social security numbers from FOIA requests. Which strikes me as a good thing. It’s a result of Del. Joe May’s HB2427. But, unfortunately, it looks like that’s not actually helpful. Why? The structure of the SSN makes the first five […]
Over on VQR I wrote: In the course of reading Chris Anderson’s new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (Hyperion, $26.99), for a review in an upcoming issue of VQR, we have discovered almost a dozen passages that are reproduced nearly verbatim from uncredited sources. These instances were identified after a cursory investigation, […]
Speaking of the Sunlight Foundation, they’ve done a guerilla redesign of the Supreme Court website. It looks really nice. That’s the sort of thing that I could definitely see putting some time into, but of course it would require a trend of government entities implementing those designs to make it worth the trouble.
Check out VPAP’s new election history data and maps. This is really, really valuable data. Getting data from the SBE’s website is pretty awkward, and not comparable across years. My next project was going to be a website providing this sort of data. Legislature : Richmond Sunlight :: SBE :: Hypothetical New Site. But it […]
Some jackass vandalized The Virginia Department of Health Professions’ website, claiming to have taken eight million patient records hostage, giving the state seven days to pay a $10M ransom to get them back. The ransom note has been removed from the VDHP website, but it’s mirrored here. If this is true then it is, of […]
The Virginia Public Access Project is hiring. They’re looking for a researcher/writer with some decent computer skills. The details follow. About the Job: The primary responsibility will be to implement VPAP’s initiative to track money raised by candidates for local office. This person will be VPAP’s resident expert in local elections, manage logistics for obtaining […]
As a Mac OS X and Linux user, I’ve been really happy to see how much Windows Vista sucks, and that people have finally realized that Windows sucks. As a result, I’ve been nervous that they might get their act together with Windows 7, the next iteration of Windows that’s due out within the next […]