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We created OpenCongress, the most-visited non-profit website for tracking the U.S. Congress. A leading government transparency resource with innovative engagement tools.

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AskThem

Our next major project

Questions-and-answers with every U.S. elected official and any verified Twitter account. Free & open-source, launches Feb. 10th, 2014. 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, join our chats, 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 money for web 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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Announcing NYC Councilmatic

RA_logo-high-resOur non-profit organization is excited for today’s announcement by the Rita Allen Foundation, that they’re supporting our forthcoming project NYC Councilmatic – a free & open-source website for engaging with NYC government.

Head over to Rita Allen’s blog post today, where Councilmatic is announced with the awesome NewsChallenge on Elections winners and the Public Lab:

“Local governments impact the everyday lives of their constituents, with policies affecting such necessities as housing, education and transportation. To provide citizens with better access to the legislative processes of city councils, the Participatory Politics Foundation is developing an online tool called Councilmatic. Continue reading

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