Joshua Tauberer,  Ph.D.

I am a software developer and civic technologist living in Washington, DC best known for creating, the widely used educational website about the U.S. Congress. I am currently the Head of Product Development at LARSA and previously held numerous consulting and co-founder roles related to information technology innovation in government.

LARSA, Inc. Head of Product Development

Multinational construction companies rely on desktop software developed by LARSA, Inc. to design billion-dollar bridges and other complex structures, from overpasses in the District of Columbia to world-renowned cable-supported bridges throughout the world. As Head of Product Development, I manage the development of LARSA’s legacy and emerging products and a small team of software engineers. Founder

In 2003 I founded what would become one of the world’s most visited free government information websites. uses official government information plus our own original research to track the daily activities of the United States Congress. It is used by some 10 million individuals annually. Our work catalyzed the world-wide open government data movement.

Some of my side projects on the web:


Mail-in-a-Box is an open source project to make deploying a good mail server easy, promoting decentralization on the web. Take back control of your email with this easy-to-deploy mail server in a box.


Icebergs are less dense than water, so they always float with about 10% of their mass above the water. But which way up? Draw an iceberg and see how it floats. This little onepager went a little viral in early 2021.

A legal citation resolver.

ツ.life, an IDNA domain test.

Infinite Tree, a relaxing, infinitely-scrolling tree.

On Open Government/Civic Tech

How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request

I made the first ever change to a law via pull request. (Nov. 25, 2018)

So you want to reform democracy?

Hello. You probably just wrote me an email about fixing democracy. (Nov. 22, 2015)

Open Government Data: The Book (2012/2014)

On Civic Hacking

A logistical guide to running a successful technology hackathon. (2014)

Why We Hack (June 4, 2016)

What happened at Open Data Day DC 2016? (Mar. 12, 2016)

other blog posts (archived posts)

This is my pet turtle, Rupert, who has his own homepage and occassionally tweets.

“If you already know what recursion is, just remember the answer. Otherwise, find someone who is standing closer to Douglas Hofstadter than you are; then ask him or her what recursion is.” -- Andrew Plotkin