Jonathan Zittrain presented the Keynote Address for the AALL 2009 conference on Sunday, July 26th. And, the talk was really energizing.
Zittrain mentioned quite a few examples of the web matching all manner of projects with interested people.
One really noteworthy project along those lines has been developed by the Sunlight Foundation. Transparency Corps is a chance for any one of us to do a little and contribute quite a lot. As the site states:
“Transparency Corps is the Sunlight Foundation’s answer to the question, “How can I help?”. There are many big problems that we can solve with technology, but we can’t solve them all. For many of the projects that make government transparency a reality, human eyes and analysis are required. With Transparency Corps, we break those tasks down into short, small actions that make a BIG difference. Join the Corps, and let’s get started!”
I decided to join, and in very short order I moved from the ‘novice’ level to the impressive ‘hunter’ level. Maybe someday, I can be a ‘Transparency Master’. Any transparency warlords in our midst?