The Sunlight Foundation Pries Open Government and Fights for Transparency


"We live in a world of big data," says Chris Gates, director of the Sunlight Foundation. "And people talk about big data all the time. But until data is actually sorted in a way that makes sense—and truly open, so that people can have access to it—the fact that we're surrounded by data doesn't change much."

Gates sat down with Reason TV's Todd Krainin to discuss how technology keeps goverment transparent. Whether it's finding a comprehensive list of President Obama's deleted tweets or discovering who the Dalai Lama met on his recent trip to Washington, D.C., or even which politicians used hackneyed phrases like "do it for the children," detailed information about government is only a few clicks away.