E-PluribusUnum.org shines a light on the intersection between technology, government, media and society.
Since its founding in 2013, we’ve become widely read as one of the top blogs on government information technology, respected in open government and press freedom communities around the world, from the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the National Archives of the United Kingdom.
The site was created by Alexander B. Howard, an independent writer, editor and analyst at the Sunlight Foundation focused on the intersection of technology and society.
Why the name?
In 1776, “E Pluribus Unum,” a Latin phrase that means “Out of Many, One”, was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States of America.
At the time, it was intended to be a definitive statement of that reflected the determination of the nation’s founding fathers to form one nation from thirteen colonies.
In the centuries since, as the United States has expanded and other nations have adopted democratic governments of, by, and for the people, the motto has come to stand for something more, beyond state and national borders: the notion that a stronger, vibrant democratic union can be formed through the “melting pot” that accepts and celebrates the combination of peoples from around the world.