Nonprofit releases apps to promote government transparency

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for increased transparency in government, released a series of applications on Wednesday for Roku, a video and audio streaming device.

The free apps allow users to stream live and archived video from Congress and the White House.

Although cameras are still not allowed in the Supreme Court, one app allows users to listen to the audio of arguments before the court. The app also includes audio of justices reading their opinions.

“It used to be that C-SPAN was TV viewers’ primary resource for following the daily ins-and-outs of government, but now the Internet allows for much greater participation and dialogue with policy makers in Washington,” Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, said in a statement.

“These Roku apps support our goal of proving to all branches of the federal government that they should make their work available in open formats, because Americans are, indeed, interested in knowing and engaging more with their government.”