"Adam Friedman, a 32-year-old Somerville resident who works in the growing field of civic technology, is using his knowledge of programming to try to make state and local governments more accessible to the public. His latest project. a searchable database of Massachusetts historic election information, gives voters a chance to peek into data that's traditionally been in the hands of the elections division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office... "i [sic] see this as one piece in the larger infrastructure of democracy," he said. "Having this is giving people basic information about how power is transferred. Given that we're paying for the infrastructure to administer and collect votes, the citizens should have access to this anytime. It's a fundamental right."... Next for Friedman? He's currently in the process of founding a company called Civica, devoted to public interest software — mostly targeted to government at all levels across the country."
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Somerville resident works to open government data in Mass., other states; Boston Business Journal, 4/4/14
David Harris, Boston Business Journal; Somerville resident works to open government data in Mass., other states: