Joshua Tauberer

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Joshua Tauberer is an open government activist. He is the creator and maintainer of GovTrack[1] and a primary contributor to The Open Senate project.

Joshua is currently employed at LARSA, Inc where he works on structural engineering software. His government and civic hacking[2] are performed through his company Civic Impulse.[3]


Tauberer created GovTrack to make legislative information more easily accessible to everyone,[4] providing research and tracking tools but also raw data feeds that third parties use to create other services. He conceived the idea for GovTrack during his freshman year at Princeton.[5] The utility of the data that Tauberer made available on his site (and later became available on other sites) was part of the inspiration for Congressman Mike Honda's legislation to provide new sources of legislative data for public repurposing.[6][7]


Tauberer holds a Doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Princeton University in 2004,[8] and previously attended Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York.


  1. ^ About
  2. ^ Hacking is used here in its original sense of "enthusiast computer programming (to improve life in some way)"; see also .
  3. ^ [1], accessed 2010-01-03.
  4. ^ Think Your Lawmakers Don't Read Bills? Do It Yourself, The Washington Post, 2006-03-01, accessed 2010-01-03.
  5. ^ How Did They Vote? Updates by E-Mail of Congressional Ayes and Nays, The New York Times, 2005-01-27, accessed 2010-01-03.
  6. ^ An API for Federal Legislation? Congress Wants Your Opinion,, 2009-03-05, accessed 2010-01-03.
  7. ^ Congressional Data Mining: Coming Soon?, Mother Jones, 2009-03-05, accessed 2010-01-03.
  8. ^ Data crusader, Princeton Alumni Weekly, 2008-07-16, accessed 2010-01-03.

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