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Open data for city governments. In a responsive web app with user-friendly design. Next: alert features for local issues. Now up with partners in NYC, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

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Questions-and-answers with every U.S. elected official and any verified Twitter account. AskThem is different: we're open-source & open-data. Question and petition people in power.

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AskThem supports continual questions to public figures & during events. Issue-based groups, use AskThem to contact elected officials at every level of government. Media companies, partner with us to promote popular questions in your area. Elected officials, sign up as leaders in #opengov.

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Trust, Media, and Democracy In 2018

The Knight Foundation recently announced a Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, to be run by the Aspen Institute.

Ask every federal & state 2018 candidate – as well as major U.S. cities and more Knight Foundation communities  – this public question, for an official response to be shared online:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring free, HTML customizable, JavaScript widgets to your area’s regional media partners, for public Q&A with every candidate ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Contact: david at ppolitics.org, @ppolitics@askthemppfPublic dialogue can work to mitigate partisanship and facilitate re-engagement, harnessing community pride vs. polarization.

Help our 501(c)3 non-profit organization run AskThem’s tested online accountability program through 2018 primaries and general elections at federal, state, and major city-levels.

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