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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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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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AskThem Widget – User Testing

Please find below one version of AskThem widgets, free & open-source, supported by a charitable grant from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund. Images, for demo day in Miami today, thank you Chris Barr & team Knight for this user-testing & cohort-mixing process.

Email me for a free preview, david at ppolitics dot org, we’ll make an announcement when the widgets are ready for public deployment. (And here’s a sneak peek¬†of one kind of widget.)

Below, our widget in action on the page of a tech-politics blog – enabling visitors to ask a question to the writer of the article – and user testing at Civic Hall in NYC:


AskThem widget in action - asking Q to article writer

AskThem widget in action – asking Q to article writer


AskThem Widget testing A w/ blogger Jessica McKenzie

AskThem Widget testing w/ blogger Jessica McKenzie


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