2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Using Data Science to Catch Legislators in the Act

Saturday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5
110 E 2nd St


Governments make more data available every day, yet the most useful information often remains buried or obscured. The Sunlight Foundation and The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy use technology and advanced data science to shine a light into government data dark places. Our teams have worked together to find and expose the continued use of earmarks despite their federal ban in 2010 and to reveal state-level legislation that was actually written by lobbyists rather than the politicians who “authored” them. You’ll leave with a better sense of how to use public data to step into and expose political processes and reveal the true workings of government.

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Derek Willis

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Joe Walsh at SXSW

Joe Walsh

Data Scientist

University of Chicago

Joe Walsh is a data scientist at The University of Chicago Center for Data Science and Public Policy and senior policy analyst for Community Technical Resources. He has had several years of experie...

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Kat Duffy at SXSW

Kat Duffy

Labs Dir

Sunlight Foundation

Kat Duffy is the Labs Director at the Sunlight Foundation, where she guides the development of technological tools that make government and politics more accountable and transparent. Prior to join...

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Matthew Burgess at SXSW

Matthew Burgess

Phd Student

University of Michigan

Matthew Burgess is a PhD candidate in the Computer Science department at the University of Michigan. His dissertation research is in network and text mining. Most recently his work has focused on d...

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Matthew Heston at SXSW

Matthew Heston

PhD Student

Northwestern University

Matthew Heston is a PhD student at Northwestern University in Technology and Social Behavior, a joint degree in Computer Science and Communication Studies. He works in the Social Media Lab where he...

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