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
I'm taking the trip to preview our soon-to-be-relaunched website for engagement with state & city elected officials, OpenGovernment.org. For more about what we're building for public Q&A with city & local government, check my OG Blog post from last month.
At the conference (micropublishing hashtag #NCMR13, I believe) - on Saturday at 2pm MT in the room Governors Square 9, I'll do a demo of our redesigned OG and ask attendees what questions they would like to ask their city councilmembers & mayors' offices. Also excited to see friends & colleagues from our sibling non-profit, Fight For the Future. More links & shout-outs after the jump.Read Full Article
Update, Friday March 29th: This phase of the Knight NewsChallenge ends at 5pm ET today, so please helps us now by clicking "applaud this" on our proposal page:
... then please post an update on Facebook or Twitter or email to encourage more views & applause of our proposal, suggestions below:
Click "applaud this" for @open_gov in the #NewsChallenge - "We The People" for every level of government: http://kng.ht/13XMh02
... much more info after the jump, including where we stand in the competition, other NewsChallenge proposals to applaud, and why we hope you'll give a click to support our tiny non-profit team.Read Full Article
The OpenCongress team has submitted a project to the Knight Foundation NewsChallenge:
Support our non-profit work - please visit that page and click "applaud this" in the right-hand side, then create a free OpenIdeo account or login securely through FB Connect. Once logged-in, your applause will count immediately - we're currently ranked 22nd of 822 proposals.
Next, here's a sample Facebook or Twitter update you can share to help us spread the word:
Click "applaud" for OpenGovernment.org in the #NewsChallenge - "We The People" for every level of government: http://kng.ht/13XMh02
... with your quick help, we can roll out OG to hundreds more city governments this year. Much more info after the jump.Read Full Article
For updates on the State of the Union tonight, follow along with our lists on micropublishing:
- #opengov & civic engagement & open-data leaders
- Federal Budget - #realitybased economic research
For video background on the #SoTU, see last Sunday's edition of 'Up with Chris Hayes', the most substantive & empirically-accountable news show on cable TV.
More info on our non-profit projects for continual, reciprocal engagement with elected officials at the city, state & federal levels - where we're headed with OpenGovernment.org for cities & states, and our public-benefit vision for OpenCongress in 2013 and beyond. Get in touch, david at ppolitics.org. More background on #SoTU and the 113th U.S. Congress after the jump.Read Full Article
Welcome the 113th U.S. Congress: systemically-corrupt, historically-gridlocked, incredibly unpopularJanuary 3, 2013 - by David Moore
Update, 7pm ET, Friday Jan. 4th, 2013: Data from the 113th Congress is now live on OpenCongress. We have a fresh blog post coming soon on brand-new bills introduced over the past two days. Latest bill & member info for both chambers seems to be displaying fine, let us know if you see any glitches or have any questions, david at opencongress.org. OK cool.
Previously: The 112th U.S. Congress ended, as you likely know, with a sadsack pratfall of unaccountable public policymaking - a compromise between the two major parties avoiding the "fiscal curb" - via a vote on H.R. 8, specifically the House roll call 659 (257 aye, 167 nay, 8 abstain) - and previously by Senate roll call 251 (89 aye, 8 nay, 3 abstain). More info & fiscal what-cha-ma-call-'er links after-the-jump.Read Full Article
I spend a fair amount of time on the Twitter micropublishing service, sharing links - to follow along, just click "subscribe" in the left-hand sidebar:
...happy to subscribe to suggested lists, get at me, @ppolitics. Click through for more.Read Full Article
I first invoke friend-of-PPF Chris 'Hayza' Hayes' analysis from his important new book, Twilight of the Elites, on elite failure and the effects of historically-terribly-unbelievably-plummeting public trust in contemporary American political process. (Hayza, pictured at right.)
Please read & share & send me feedback on the post - here's a micropublishing update to handily RT - thank you to Philanthropy NY for the opportunity to build on the issues raised in our event. Click through for more info.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
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
Hypothetical- you care about an issue: catastrophic climate degradation, net neutrality, extreme income inequality, single-payer health care, student loan forgiveness. Let's say the U.S. Congress has public information about this issue that is of core relevance, but refuses to open the primary source data to the public in full. For well over five years, technical & public-interest advocates outside government have worked in good-faith efforts to educate Congress that the data can straightforwardly be released & safeguarded - indeed, the data is already being screen-scraped several times a day & provided to free public Web resources (as best as possible). An Act of Congress calls explicitly for the information to be released. Several previous task forces failed to have real-world effects and clouded the issue unnecessarily, with no accountability or communication or recourse for open data advocates.Read Full Article
The U.S. Congress is a baffling, systemically-corrupt, closed-off institution. OpenCongress works every day to make its workings more accessible and give you the real story behind what's happening.
Help us keep OpenCongress alive as a free & open-source public resource.
OpenCongress will launch a new fundraising drive next month and we need some volunteer web development time to make it happen. Click through to see how you can help.
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Please watch it in full & share it: Blueprint for Democratic Participation.
Help us facilitate more stop-SOPA-style civic engagement on OpenCongress - around the economy, education, health care, the environment, immigration, technology, or any issue imaginable - support our not-for-profit work. Click through for more of my thoughts on the importance of the stop-SOPA / PIPA movement for netfreedom, as well as why this research is so important for our core non-profit mission of promoting participatory democracy through free Web tools.Read Full Article