Free and open society requires the active participation of everyday people in maintaining the rules which govern society. Public policy must be transparent. It is not enough for the rules to be posted on a billboard or lamppost. True transparency means that both the legislative processes which create policy and the administrative processes which implement policy must be open and visible to the public. Whether these processes are executed directly by humans, or executed by machines in service to the public, they must all be open to inspection and critique by any one of us.
CTAP's mission is to advance the development, understanding, and adoption of transparent public policy. We do this by creating systems that make public policies and processes more transparent, by creating spaces that foster public participation and understanding, and by developing working public policies that model these ideals of transparency.