How the internet is helping with government transparency

The Internet age helps open floodgates on public records.

So says an article in the Providence Journal that mentions the flourishing of websites like the Transparency Train and the Money Trail. Both websites cover Rhode Island issues.

The Money Trail rates Rhode Island school districts, cities and towns on how they do at responding to requests for public records.

The Transparency Train allows you to search by the name of contractor, to see how many public agencies in the state do business with that contractor…and how much. (Blue Cross? Around 200 contracts.)

Both websites seem to be geared at doing the work of finding information that people will most likely want to know–but that governments aren’t providing.

Nice work.

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