The Madison Project is now #OPEN
It’s a proud day at inSourceCode. Today we launched the Madison Project live to the world on GitHub. This is a project we’ve been working on with Congressman Darrell Issa and the OpenGov Foundation since the days of SOPA. You know, that bill that caused a near revolt among web companies and caused the Internet to go dark for an entire day.
Congressman Issa presented Madison at the First Congressional Hackathon back in December and we’ve been working to get it into a format for open-source. He described it as a starting point for collaborative bill authoring, editing and versioning. To borrow a more concrete description from the about section on KeeptheWebOPEN.com (the first site powered by Madison):
You have a right to an open government that works for you. You pay for it. You live with it. And you deserve an equal voice in what government does every day. KeepTheWebOPEN.com exists to power your participation in government, and hold it accountable.
KeeptheWebOPEN.com was built to fight a few misguided technology bills going through Congress by empowering the engineers and the tech-nerds to participate in the discussion. Users could for the first time provide suggestions and recommendations to make bills better before they became law. The platform behind KeeptheWebOPEN, Madison, has been a work-in-progress since.
Today, we crossed the finish line (really just the starting line) and released the code live to the world on Github. We hope that others that are interested in open and transparent government jump in and help us make it better.
Here are a few stories about Madison and the OpenGov Foundation that we are fond of:
Throughout these few short months, we’ve been linked to from the homepages of Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and others. The technology has been featured in most major political/tech publications and we’ve been blessed to work with some of the pioneers of open-source. We are humbled to be a small part of a big project, and hope that you might head over to Github and help us change the way laws are made.