A completely subjective and one-sided explainer for how to get started in this field.
The below was originally published as the opening chapter to O'Reilly's Open Government, a collection of new essays on how technology can make DC more transparent and efficient. In 2013, several of the authors open sourced their contributions in honor of Aaron Swartz. The federal government
I attend a conference about consuming Web content without accessing the Web. I tell them this is a bad idea.
In 2008, I wrote the below piece on my old web site. The response was huge--multiple people from the tech sector told me they switched careers after reading it--and it affirmed my view that service is critical to a functioning government. I'm republishing it, along with other old