Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Public.Resource.Org, Inc.

Making Government Better

Healdsburg, CA


We make government information more broadly available and promote universal access to all human knowledge.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Carl Malamud

Main Address

PO Box 800

Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA


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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

Engineering (U42)

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Justice Stephen Breyer once said "if a law isn't public, it isn't a law." We would like to see the raw materials of our democracy, the Edicts of Government, all available on the Internet so that people may read and speak the laws by which we choose to govern ourselves.

Our strategy is to make Edicts of Government available on our servers as a model that the government may emulate. We always try to get the government to take over that function from us. Our strategy is to show by doing.

We spin 500 terabytes of disk and have extensive experience putting large government databases on the Internet and then working to convince the government to emulate our efforts.

We know we've won when the government puts out of business, taking over a database we've put on the Internet because it is their job to make the data available. We've really won if they take those databases over with a smile and thank us for our efforts.

We've made substantial progress in getting the government to do a better job of making legally-mandated Edicts of Government available. For example, most states now have a link to an online version of their compulsory building codes.

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