Silona Bonewald


Data Ownership
41 minutes, 18.9mb, recorded 2009-08-13
Silona Bonewald

Silona Bonewald joins Phil and Scott to discuss the concept of data and how it can be used and shared. Beginning with how it is used or misused by banks, she reviews the problems of transparent vs. accessible data and talks about how defining the terms is likely part of the problem. She also discusses the concepts behind open government.


Silona Bonewald is the founder of the League of Technical Voters, a 501c3 dedicated to educating technical people about the political process and educating political people about the technical process.  Some past projects of the League are Codeathons where programmers write Open Source Software for NonProfits and the transparentfederalbudget.com. Currently, their main project is Citability.org which asks that all public government documents we on the web and citable to a paragraph level.

Silona has been involved in politics and technology since 1989 when she wrote her first database program for a political campaign.  She started her own company in 94-96, ElecTech that created specialized software for political campaigns, and ran a web consulting business where she was one of the first people to create websites for hire, and to successfully optimize her clients' websites for usability and top search engine ranking. She has also worked in the gaming industry, creating high visibility web presences, content management systems, and large database back-end integrations. Silona has volunteered for the ACLU and EFF on technology-based civil liberties issues, and has lobbied on various issues. The combination of her involvement in political activism, educational activism, psychometrics for gaming communities, lobbyist work, netizen activities and web design make her uniquely suited to envision the framework that will make the LoTV system all possible.

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