Until he joined the Sunlight Foundation in April 2016, Howard was a paid contributor to TechPresident and TechRepublic, among other media outlets listed in the “About” page.

In 2013 and 2014, he received funding for research fellowships from the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at Harvard University and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Howard was a member of the Government of Canada’s independent advisory panel on open government from 2012-2015, an unpaid role that involved him giving independent, critical feedback on Canada’s open government action plan and policies in virtual meetings.

In 2012, 2013 and 2015, the Secretariat for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) provided Howard a travel bursary for airfare and lodging in London, enabling him to attend the annual summit as a member of U.S. civil society, Brasilia, where he moderated a panel at the organization’s first annual conference, and Mexico City, where he moderated panels on subnational governance and civic technology.

Over the years, Howard also received honoraria for keynote talks, on-air analysis and event moderation from a variety of entities, including Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America, The Creative Group, the Open Identity Foundation, the Brookings Institute, the CNA Corporation, West Point, Results 4 Development Institute, and the Poynter Institute.

Howard also received travel bursaries to moderate or speak in events hosted by Google, the National Democratic Institute, Code for America, the Red Cross, the International Research and Development Centre, and the World Bank.

In the fall of 2014, Howard accepted two consulting assignments: one with Deloitte Public Sector Research, providing independent editorial review of a research agenda on digital government trends, and the other with the National Democratic Institute, to conduct interviews and research regarding open government, digital governance, and democracy.

In October 2014, he accepted an invitation by Abraji, a nonprofit focused on investigative journalism, to travel to Brazil and speak about his research on data journalism. The trip were funded by a grant from the United States Consulate General in São Paulo. Howard also accepted an invitation by La Nacion to speak at the Datafest in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This trip was similarly funded by a grant from the United States Consulate General in Buenos Aires.

In January 2015, Howard traveled to Hyderabad, India, to act as a trainer in a 3-day blogging workshop convened by the International Center for Journalists. The trip was funded by a grant from the United States Consulate in Hyderabad.

In the spring of 2015, Howard consulted for the Science and Technology Policy Institute, researching practices in innovative governance.

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