Deputy Director, Sunlight Foundation
Alexander B. Howard is the deputy director of the Sunlight Foundation, where he leads policy initiatives, civic engagement, strategic advocacy, watchdog journalism, and government reform efforts. Previously, he was a senior analyst at Sunlight, where he led the foundation’s federal transparency work.
Howard has been recognized twice by The Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s “TechTitans,” which called him a “respected trend-spotter and chronicler of government’s use of new media.” He has appeared on-air as an analyst for NPR, WHYY, WAMU, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, Washington Post TV, WJLA and a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show and has been quoted in dozens of publications.
Prior to joining Sunlight, Howard was the first senior editor for technology and society at the Huffington Post, a columnist at TechRepublic and a contributor to TechPresident, among many other publications. He is the founder e-pluribusbunum.org, a blog focused on open government and technology.
Starting in 2010, he was the first and only Washington Correspondent for Radar at O’Reilly Media. Prior to joining O’Reilly, Howard was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing.
Howard has held fellowships at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and the Networked Transparency Policy Project in the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
What does digital transparency and accountability mean for 21st century governance? In this talk, the Sunlight Foundation’s Alex Howard tackles accountability head-on. It’s not just a matter of open data; it’s a bias towards metrics-driven, independently verifiable activity that ensures a fair, progressive government.
In this session, Howard will lead an open discussion of the opportunities and challenges for good governance presented by rapid technological change. Transparency and accountability are values and principles that often have strong support in the abstract but meet strong resistance when they come up against institutions and politicians whose power or influence is challenged […]