[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/09/art.craignewmark2.michael-brands.jpg caption ="Craigslist founder Craig Newmark (right) at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Thursday."]Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - Craig Newmark, a self-described "nerd," has found a pretty nerdy issue on Capitol Hill and is seeing bipartisan support: transparency in government through technology.
Newmark, who founded the popular website Craigslist, is now the company's customer service representative and a board member of the Sunlight Foundation, which focuses on transparency in government.
"A democracy needs informed citizens to survive, and that requires accurate information on political matters," Newmark told CNN after a discussion on technology and government transparency with America's Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Newmark has been meeting with Capitol Hill staffers encouraging even more transparency. He is talking with people on both sides of the aisle about transparency with the intent of bringing them together.
"They want to get beyond the partisan stuff, but it's a big challenge," Newmak told CNN.
Exposing data and using private sector technologies, Newmark says the tax payer will see actual value.
With 270 thousand raw data sets available for private companies to tap into to help make government more accountable, Kundra and Newmark are trying to change the government culture from "there is a form for that" to "there is an app for that."
Already apps are appearing which tell people how long the line at the airport will be before one arrives to when the next train or bus is coming.
Newmark sees the progress, but knows it is only the beginning and will continue making trips to Washington to encourage the use of technology in government.
"I am a pretty impatient human. I want to see more," he said. "The fact of the matter is this administration has exposed more about how it works than every government in human history."