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In light of recent political discussions, Northeastern University professors John Wihbey (Assistant Professor, Journalism), Mike Beaudet (Professor of Practice, Journalism) and Pedro Cruz (Assistant Professor, Information Visualization) have examined the process of political disclosure by elected officials in individual states. Taking into account a variety of factors, their work has determined that disclosure requirements vary significantly from state to state, resulting in the potential for trouble when investigating politicians’ conflicts of interest. To better understand their results, they have also developed a data visualization tool that depicts the extent of disclosure in each state as well as further transparency implications.

To read more about Wihbey, Beaudet and Cruz’s work, visit the Washington Post here.

To view their data visualization tool, click here.