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Apr. 5, 2016 11:42 am

Open government reporter Alexander Howard joins Sunlight Foundation

Howard explains the move on his E Pluribus Unum blog.
Open data isn’t enough by itself.

Open data isn't enough by itself.

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Longtime open government activist and reporter Alexander Howard officially announced on Monday that he has joined the Sunlight Foundation as a senior analyst.

Howard was the Huffington Post‘s first senior editor for technology and society until January 2016 and previously wrote for TechRepublic, TechPresident and more. He also founded E Pluribus Unum in 2013, a blog where he “shines a light on the intersection between technology, government, media and society.”

It was here that Howard announced and explained his move to the Sunlight Foundation.

“I’m enormously excited to be joining an organization that’s been at the heart of a global movement towards opening governments to the people they serve with technology, from open source to open data,” he wrote:

This is a natural fit. From improving public access to information to civic engagement to collaboration around code to participation in democratic governance processes, from regulations to legislation, the Sunlight Foundation has been at the cutting edge of making government more open, effective and accountable.

Despite the new job, fans of Howard’s writing on E Pluribus Unum can rest assured that he’ll still be engaged there, too. “Long-time readers should expect me to continue writing and participating in this role, creating acts of advocacy journalism in the public interest,” he explained.

Read the full post on Howard’s move to a new sphere of open government advocacy here.

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