David with PPF here, I'm down in D.C. today in preparation for a rally tomorrow by the Stop Watching Us coalition against mass domestic surveillance. This morning I attended a training by EFF, Public Knowledge and others on Capitol Hill for citizens going to lobby their members of Congress and Cong. staff on public opposition to NSA spying. I'm proud to be listed as an individual supporter of the protest, but what's really impressive is the over 100 public-advocacy organizations and companies that have formed the coaltiion. More after the jump.Read Full Article
Today, I’m encouraging you to sign up to help test an improved version of OpenCongress. We’re pleased that developers from Sunlight Labs have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to fix bugs and continually improve OpenCongress’ data quality and user experience.
Sign up here to be the first to know when the latest version of OpenCongress is ready. The folks from Sunlight will be in touch to give you a preview of the site and to give you an opportunity to tell us what’s working, what’s not and what you’d like to see.Read Full Article
Busy #opengov week here in NYC. I'm pleased to be attending the following events on behalf of PPF:
Tuesday, June 4th - Media Impact Forum from the exciting work of the Media Impact Funders. Tomorrow I'm honored to join the esteemed Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, as well as my friend Nicholas Reville of our sibling non-profit PCF, to discuss how politics is culture and vice versa.
Wednesday, June 5th - excited to attend a TOW Centre for Digital Journalism workshop around creating common data standards for municipal political data, convened by David Eaves and joined by a great group of developers.
Thursday June 6th & Friday June 7th, it's the Personal Democracy Forum conference - in my longtime opinion, the premiere tech-politics conference in the U.S. My consecutive ninth year attending (out of ten total!). PPF's very own co-founder and President of the Board, Tiffiniy Cheng, will be presenting her groundbreaking work with our other sibling non-profit, Fight For the Future,
Click through for more info & participants in each - when I get a chance at each, I'll be informally demo'ing our new OpenGovernment.org - a version of 'We The People' for every elected official (city, state & federal).Read Full Article
The team at the Participatory Politics Foundation is very pleased to announce that we've received a charitable grant from the Knight Foundation to take OpenGovernment.org down to the local level as a free & open-source public resource.
We're starting in two Knight Foundation communities over the next six months: Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA; as well as a third, Washington, D.C. We're searching for Rails programmers who want to make an impact in #opengov locally!
Our new work with the Knight Foundation is part of their exciting Tech For Engagement initiative, "founded on the ideal that technology has the power to transform our democracy." We're looking forward to extending the popular OpenCongress model of government transparency and civic engagement down to the city & local level - click through for more info.Read Full Article
I was pleased to present our work on OpenCongress at a panel discussion at Philanthropy New York:
Update, Sept. 18th: video of event has been posted. Chris leads off, I start 21:40 in presenting our work on OC. Here's a micropublishing update you can RT to spread the word. More info after the jump.Read Full Article
The team behind OpenCongress - an open-source, not-for-profit project - has submitted a proposal to the Knight NewsChallenge.
Help us out - click on the heart on this page to vote for our project ::
You'll need to login or create a free Tumblr account, but it seriously only takes a minute, and helps us significantly. Thank you. Click through for more info on @WhatMattersHere.Read Full Article
The team behind OpenCongress submitted a proposal to the Knight NewsChallenge. Help us out -- vote for our idea here:
In short, it's a new Web tool for finding urgent local political issues being discussed on Twitter and connecting people to lawmakers. Click through for more info on our proposal and please give us a "heart", it's easy and significantly helpful. (Image linked from some site called UpRoxx, by Column Five Media & InboxQ.)Read Full Article
As 2011 ends, the first session of the 112th U.S. Congress stumbles to a bad-faith curtain. The third branch of federal government in our representative democracy, Congress is down to a new record-low 11% approval rating, as per Gallup News this week. "This earns Congress a 17% yearly average for 2011, the lowest annual congressional approval rating in Gallup history," they report. USA #1 - we've hit a new bottom! These are the despised, fallible elected officials who write legislation shaping our laws, public policy priorities, & federal budget.Read Full Article
I'm pleased to have been asked to contribute a blog post on our work with OpenGovernment.org to VoxPopuLII, a legal research blog. Published today. Topics include the following: visceral contemporary public distrust of government; improved policy outcomes through deliberative democracy; mitigating systemic corruption through radical transparency; how researchers can use OpenGovernment to find & cite official bill text & legislative actions; OG's #opengov data partners & NGO allies; and our vision of making civic engagement as easy as using your favorite social networking service. Hope you'll read the post, click through for more info about it and a preview of what I think is its most share-able content.Read Full Article
We're very excited to announce that OpenGovernment was selected to be one of 8 finalists in the News category at South by Southwest Interactive's Accelerator contest, March 14-16th in the gem-of-a-town, Austin, TX. Looking forward to meeting & trading ideas w/ the other finalists & attending SxSW in general. We're honored to have been chosen and excited to show our work.Read Full Article
Yesterday's launch of OpenGovernment received a nice wave of reactions on the leading micro-blogging service. To highlight a few: Alex Howard of O'Reilly Radar (the wide-ranging @digiphile) placed it in the #opengov landscape (previously, as a civic org. to watch); Nick Judd of TechPresident held a nifty interview; and AFSCME's info center highlighted it as a new tool for their members.
Don't miss the blog post announcement from Ellen Miller, the Executive Director of our partners, the Sunlight Foundation; and another by Tom Lee, the Director of Sunlight Labs. (Image at right: a roll call visualization of a Louisiana bill, made uniquely user-friendly on OG.)
It's not too early to point out that the OpenGovernment web application is already generating unique info, in the form of the most-viewed bills & members (so far)... continue reading the full post (it gets pretty vocal) & check out more (and bigger) screenshots over at the new OpenGovernment Blog.Read Full Article