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Alex Howard

Alexander B. Howard is a senior analyst at the Sunlight Foundation. Previously, he 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, a consultant, moderator and researcher. In 2013, he founded, a blog focused on open government and technology.

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. From April 2010 to May 2013, he was theWashington Correspondent for Radar at O’Reilly Media. Prior to joining O’Reilly, he was the associate editor of and at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing. (He’s also been a teacher, carpenter, waiter, cook, clerk, “knowledge broker,” and Web designer.)

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. He graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Biology. He now resides in the District of Columbia with his family.

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Open government reformers warn of growing dangers to democracy

This post originally appeared on the Sunlight Foundation blog.Democracy is at risk. Authoritarianism is rising. Populism is upending the political order. Spaces for civil society are closing. Those are the somber messages that arose again and again at the first…

10 takeaways from the 2016 International Open Data Conference

This post originally appeared on the SunlightFoundation blog. Yeama Thompson, commissioner at the Right to Access Information Commission, speaks at IODC 2016.   It's been much more than a century in internet time since the founder of the World Wide Web…

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