LittleSis: keep an eye on the (abusive) powerful

LittleSis: keep an eye on the (abusive) powerful

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The new accountability and transparency involves everyone keeping an eye on the the people who might be abusive of their power.

Sunlight Foundation, perhaps the leader in transparency, is asking you to test out LittleSis, a wiki created by Public Accountability Initiative, funded by Sunlight. (Yes, a pun on "big brother.") They're describing LittleSis as "an involuntary Facebook of powerful Americans."

LittleSis makes it easier than ever to see how politicians, CEOs,
lobbyists, financiers and all their "fat cat" friends are connected
through personal or business relationships. By tracking and finding
links between everything from board memberships to campaign
contributions, family ties and government contracts, LittleSis is
developing a platform that brings transparency to the influential
networks that exert significant power in shaping public policy.

LittleSis invites citizens to turn a critical eye on the individuals
who are the powerful in and out of government today. As a wiki, (a
very elegant one), anyone can sign up to become an analyst and
contribute information. Check it out, add what you know.

Ellen Miller has more about it here.

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5 Comments

Dan

I've played around with the site – it looks like an incredible project, and one that will become the go-to place for all transparency info.

twodogkd

Humm LittleSis is too big for me. I am interested in the local characters that are spending monies they get at the local level, the developers, the interrelationships between local powers, govt officials, folks that seem to get cushy deals at what seem to be very good (low) prices for sales of land, etc.
Well I have one individual that would fit on the list, but folks have been watching him for years, and You have cited him in a previous blog.

kevin

thanks for the support and feedback (and for the post, Craig)! we're really excited about the site and its potential.
If you have suggestions or ideas for us, please be in touch — http://littlesis.org/contact
twodogkd — with your help, LittleSis can profile the powers that be in your corner of the universe, as well. sign up for an account — http://littlesis.org/join — and tell your local watchdog friends. you can start by adding major real estate developers in your area (names you know well). Then your state reps. and so on. try to find one relationship to a person or org already in the database, and go from there.
thanks again for the interest.

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