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AskThem Is Being Redesigned

The open-source, open-data, non-profit AskThem Q&A platform is undergoing a volunteer redesign (!) for public accountability ahead of the 2020 elections. The website is offline as we seek to develop it fully again.

Same with PPF’s deprecated website OpenGovernment.org, whose open-source GovKit tech is being retired.

We’re excited to show what we’re building for continual public conversation with candidates in every state and Congressional district and more.

Sample question page, for a member of GOP Oversight Cmte.

Questions or comments, email David Moore, AskThem’s Director: david at ppolitics.org, or I’m easily reachable on Twitter, @ppolitics.

Rails programmers, web designers, are you available to help with the volunteer AskThem redesign? We’re a collaborative team of two.

Get in touch, simply email: david at ppolitics.org, or DM us on Twttr: @AskThemPPF, or jump in to our new GitHub repo. Exciting stuff, there.

More to come on dev priorities and front-end opportunities. Background on AskThem’s unique strategy for re-engagement (Jan. 2017).

Questions welcome, thank you for using OpenGovernment and AskThem for public accountability.

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