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Waldo Jaquith - Participant

Waldo Jaquith is an open government technologist, the creator of The State Decoded, and in his 20th year as a website developer. He's a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation News Challenge Fellow. The organization is funding his work of creating The State Decoded, a free, open-source web-based application to parse and display legal codes in a friendly, accessible manner.

In acknowledgement of his transparency work, Jaquith was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2011. In 2012, the Sunlight Foundation named him an “OpenGov Champion.” Jaquith worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2011–12, creating, a unified data store for federal ethics data, fulfilling a campaign promise made by President Obama during the 2008 election. He was a member of the White House Open Data Working Group, advising the White House on the standardization of storage and transmission of public information, to ensure its broad availability and accessibility.

Jaquith, his wife, and their young son live in the woods on top of a mountain near Charlottesville, Virginia, with a dog, ducks, chickens, and a horse.



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