What if all the emails you wrote at work were published online? All the gossip, meeting agendas, dumb YouTube clips you sent to friends at work, all of it, slapped up on a website. That’s the deal right now for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. You can go right now to elenasinbox.com and read emails written by and sent to Kagan during the years she served in the Clinton administration. Messages received, sent, over 14,000 emails in all, publicly disclosed.
It’s the work of Tom Lee. He’s director of Sunlight Labs, the technology arm of the Sunlight Foundation, a group aimed at increasing transparency in government. We talk with him about what was involved in getting all those emails online. We also check in with Anil Dash of Expert Labs, a nonprofit group that’s trying to use crowdsourcing to assist government.
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