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City-level engagement

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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For public accountability

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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We're open-source to the core, contributors to the commons, evangelists for open standards, co-framers of OpenGovData Principles, and activists for liberation of public data. See our wish list, check out our code, and more.

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We're a tiny team with big goals for participatory democracy. Our limiting factor isn't ideas, or a lack of information to make accessible, but rather funding for open-source development. Your support can build amazing new open-source tools. Get in touch.

Our sibling non-profit is the Participatory Culture Foundation,
working for a fairer, more open, and more democratic media space.

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Question on Trump Administration’s Immigration Policy

With immigration in the news, here’s a sample question-asking widget for members of Congress about the Trump Administration’s policy on legal immigration:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media partners and political bloggers, contact us for custom versions, free of charge – simply email: david@askthem.io, and feel free to review our 2018 non-profit proposal for continual online public dialogue. Get in touch for this widget’s embed code or to customize your own question.

We’ll build a program to reach out to every 2018 midterms candidate, from federal & state levels (including Governors). Public dialogue can work to mitigate partisanship and facilitate re-engagement, harnessing community pride vs. polarization.

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