We build tools that foster civic participation, civc education, and government transparency, and we work with governments on improving government data policy.
Civic Impulse, LLC was formed in 2009 and is based in Washington, D.C.
GovTrack.us, a free legislative tracking tool and the data source for many other congressional transparency websites, launched in 2004 as a hobby of Joshua Tauberer. It catalyzed the open government data movement in the United States. The project was incorporated into Civic Impulse when the company was formed. Follow the project at @GovTrack.
My2012District.com shows voters in the 2012 U.S. elections if their federal congressional district has changed since the last election.
Joshua Tauberer, PhD, president of Civic Impulse, is a software developer, entrepreneur, and civic hacker. He is the author of Open Government Data: The Book and is also published in Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice (2010, O'Reilly Media). Follow him at @JoshData.
For an overview of our work, see some of these press clips:
1/27/2005: The New York Times: How Did They Vote? Updates by E-Mail of Congressional Ayes and Nays, by Daniel Terdiman
3/1/2006. The Washington Post: Think Your Lawmakers Don't Read Bills? Do It Yourself, by Zachary A. Goldfarb
5/11/2009. Columbia Journalism Review: Senate goes XML, by Clint Hendler
9/28/2009. LA Times: These crusaders bring transparency to government, by Michael Hiltzik
12/27/2010. ReadWriteWeb: Data Hacker Pageranks Members of the US Congress, by Marshall Kirkpatrick
6/2012: Communications of the ACM: Data Mining Meets City Hall, by Leah Hoffmann.
6/8/2012: The Washington Post: Congressional data may soon be easier to use online, by David A. Fahrenthold.