The Public Knowledge Workshop (“Hasadna”)
At the Public Knowledge Workshop we apply technology to enhance democracy and to empower citizens.
We know that at the age of data a transparent and accountable government has to be tech-smart too. Several hundreds of our volunteers – programmers, designers, journalists, editors, researchers, economists and activists – get together every week to develop tools that open up the government. They build open-source websites and apps to liberate valuable data collected by public institutions and make them accessible, simple and understandable for everyone.
Would you like to know how the government spends taxpayers’ money? How many times the national budget changes throughout the year? And to do all this without having to go through boxes of paper in the vaults of the Ministry of Finance?
Would you like to have free access to all legislation, without having to infringe copyright laws or pay for subscription? Would you like to see the bills each member of Knesset proposes, to monitor their votes, and then to read what they’ve said about it on social networks?
Visit our websites of Open Budget, Open Knesset, Open Law Book, Open Ministerial Committee and Agora. They let you do just that!
Did you wonder how many road accidents occurred on the route you take everyday to the office? How often is the train arrives late at your station? Would you like to see the zoning plan or the pollution map for your neighborhood? Do you think you know how your pension savings are invested and whether they contribute to that pollution?
Check out our Open Taba, Anyway, Open Train, Open Environment and Open Pension websites.
Altogether we run over 15 project. Read more about them here.
▶ Our tools are used by hundreds of thousands, including journalists, bloggers, politicians, the government, and activists.
▶ We expose hidden data and promote informed public discussion.
▶ We set the standard for a new culture of open, efficient and accessible government.
We do civic tech for civic responsibility