December 9, 2009

Where the Stimulus Money is Going in Your State, StimulusWatch 2.0

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StimulusWatch.org, the website that has attracted over 3 million visitors, has recently re-launched. While the original site featured proposed stimulus projects taken from the U.S. Conference of Mayors survey, the new version contains actual stimulus spending in your neighborhood from the information recently released by recovery.gov.

In this podcast we discuss: how to find stimulus projects in your community, phantom districts, and interesting ways to use the data provided on the site.

Joining us to discuss this innovative website is one of the creators, Jerry Brito. Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and director of its Technology Policy Program. He also serves as adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. His research focuses on technology and telecommunications policy, government transparency and accountability, and the regulatory process. Jerry is the also creator of OpenRegs.com, an alternative interface to the federal government’s regulatory docketing system.

Please visit www.stimluswatch.org and comment on projects in your neighborhood!