Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Altman conducts research in social science, information science and research methods – focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy, and politics; on electoral transparency and participation; and on the access to, transparency of, reliability of, governance of, and policy applications of scientific research. He is a Co-Principal Investigator, with Michael P. McDonald, in the Public Mapping Project, which works with good government organizations such as Common Cause, the Midwest Democracy Network, and League of Women Voters to apply technology to enable transparency and participation in redistricting, electoral mapping, and election administration. As part of his these efforts, Drs Altman and McDonald have received the Tides Foundation Pizzigati Prize for creating software in the public interest – in support of nonprofit sector and social change; the O’Reilly Strata Data Innovation Award for Social Impact; the American Political Science Association’s Best Research Software Award, awards by the Information Technology & Politics section; and made Politico’s list of Best Policy Innovation. Dr. Altman is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) in Governance Studies, at Brookings; serves on the board of iSolon, a policy institute committed to exploring and advancing opportunities for democratic reform brought about by new information technologies; is chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance a consortium of over 150 organizations committed to long-term public access to digital research, heritage, and public records information.