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Question on Trump Administration’s Immigration Policy -

by David Moore

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, … Continue reading

Question for 2018 Candidates on President Trump’s Mental Fitness -

by David Moore

Based on President Trump’s incoherent and saturated-with-willfully-incorrect-statements Dec. 28th NYT impromptu interview, a public question from political writer Mobute: Representatives whose thoughts are as impossible to engage as quicksand shouldn’t be able to escape scrutiny via incompetence and mendacity just because … Continue reading

NYC Councilmatic Has Been Adopted By NYC Council -

by David Moore

We’re excited to announce that the NYC Council has officially adopted Councilmatic. More info about yesterday’s announcement, made by Speaker Mark-Viverito, with special recognitions of supportive NYC Council members Kallos, Vacca and Lander. … we’ve decided to retire the previous NYC … Continue reading

Value of Non-Profit #OpenGov Projects -

by David Moore

Building off the exciting announcement last week of a new API for NYC Council legislative info, here’s a look back at what the non-profit field has done over the past eleven years, and what we can still do. (Another version.) … Continue reading

Trump, Mueller, and Russia Investigation -

by David Moore

This morning, Vox’s Matt Yglesias writes of President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller: “The fate of the [Russia] investigation — and of the integrity of the American political process — will thus rest on the often frail shoulders of the … Continue reading

Pharma Lobbying and Opioid Crisis -

by David Moore

Following up on OTM segment recently, sign on to our public question to your members of Congress on AskThem – and share free embeddable HTML widgets with your regional newspaper and political blogs:               … Continue reading

Trust, Media, and Democracy In 2018 -

by David Moore

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 … Continue reading

FEMA and Puerto Rico Recovery Statistics -

by David Moore

Public question for Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Chair of House GOP – as you support tech & open data for responsive government, will you stand up to the Trump Administration’s scrubbing of statistics from federal websites?           … Continue reading

Ask 2018 Candidates About Firearms Control -

by David Moore

In wake of Las Vegas mass shooting, ask all of your candidates for Congress a public question about firearms control – and petition for an official response, on AskThem. Share this free embeddable widget with regional media and political blogs, … Continue reading

In Wake of Hurricane Irma, Public Pledge on Racial Diversity and Dialogue -

by David Moore

In wake of recent WaPo expose on Trump Administration’s delayed response to Hurricane Irma recovery in Puerto Rico, it seems that U.S. federal government leadership needs to publicly re-embrace the fundamental moral principles of valuing racial diversity in America. Because … Continue reading

Proposal for NYC Office of Civic Engagement -

by David Moore

Today, NYC Council member Brad Lander of Brooklyn – a longtime leader in open, responsive and ethical city government – took to the Daily News to propose an NYC Office of Civic Engagement.

Ask Wisconsin Legislators about Voting Rights Access -

by David Moore

A recent study by University of Wisconsin researchers, commissioned by Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, found that “between roughly 9,000 and 23,000 registered voters in the reliably Democratic counties were deterred from voting by the ID law.” Ask Wisconsin state legislators … Continue reading

Ask House Oversight Committee about Digital Records -

by David Moore

Ask a public question to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R, SC-04) – then get signups, to petition for an official response. Sharing widget below with Greenville Online, regional news outlet.

Ask Members of Congress about Graham-Cassidy -

by David Moore

Today, Vox Media’s Sarah Kliff writes: “I’ve covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical.” … ask your members of Congress about this rushed, closed health care reform process – in our open public forum, … Continue reading

NYC housing crisis – sample AskThem widget for media partners -

by David Moore

Help our non-profit AskThem bring free question widgets like the one below to Western New York media – such as the Observer Today and Olean Times Herald, whose readers and political journalists can engage in public dialogue with NY Senator … Continue reading

NYC Policy on Supporting Small Businesses -

by David Moore

Rising rents are a constant topic in NYC – every day, we walk past vacant storefronts left empty, awaiting a drug store or major bank chain that can afford the pricey space. On his weekly #askthemayor segment on the Brian Lehrer show, … Continue reading

Tools for a Networked Public Sphere -

by David Moore

Just now, House GOP reversed its course to kneecap the Office of Congressional Ethics. Lots of background on my Twitter lists for #opengov and #political-science. Since last night, this was all-hands on deck for #opengov & #goodgov non-profits, Congressional watchdogs, and … Continue reading

Protected: Sustainability of Open-Gov Tech -

by David Moore

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On Participatory Politics and Austerity Government -

by David Moore

We founded PPF in 2004 with the instinct that tech could radically increase trust in the political process – the kind of trust & feedback loops just found lacking by British voters in the E.U. government. Lots of food for … Continue reading

Example of Civic Features for Public Priorities -

by David Moore

Background: three federal reform election initiatives, towards mitigating the lobbying & political influence of the NRA on firearms policy. This post seeks to touch on how social media isn’t affecting the Senate on gun control, and how open data standards for constituent … Continue reading

PPF Projects at PDF16 -

by David Moore

We have three non-profit projects that help “interested bystanders” become civic actors. Get in touch to support our work in 2016, free & open-source & open-data as always. NYC Councilmatic – track and share everything in the NYC Council. Impact: new public comments for local … Continue reading

Proposal for Contemporary Participation Knowledge Base -

by David Moore

Please find below a quick-fast public proposal for an updated knowledge base on “what really works” for civic engagement and democratic participation. Offered in a spirit of community-building. Currently, research & apps & findings are spread between a variety of projects, … Continue reading

NewsChallenge on Libraries – Three Partnership Proposals -

by David Moore

The librarian community have been strong evangelists of PPF’s open-data tools for civic engagement since the earliest OpenCongress days of 2007. Librarians and educators helped us get our non-profit resources off the ground, linked to them, and suggested improvements. And … Continue reading

Councilmatic Momentum in 2016 -

by David Moore

Tomorrow is #codeacross America 2016, so I wanted to update the CFA community and #opengov hackers on gathering momentum with Councilmatic. Excited that Councilmatic is one of the challenge projects in Toronto: “David Hains of Torontoist wants to build a Toronto version … Continue reading

Ask Candidates About SCOTUS & Citizens United -

by David Moore

2016 election season is heating up; it’s prime AskThem time. Catch up with links from @EveryVoice on Twttr. See HuffPost, Sept. 2015: “In a recent Bloomberg poll of 1,001 adults, Citizens United — which paved the way for the rise of super PACs … Continue reading

Farewell, OpenCongress; Hello, OpenGovernment -

by David Moore

What a surprise to write this post this afternoon. If I hadn’t done my mindfulness practice this morning, I’d be tempted to post the cheesy Jerry Maguire “flip out” clip on a social media service, you know, as a lighthearted joke. … Continue reading

New York Tech MeetUp + NYC Councilmatic -

by David Moore

After nine years of non-profit web development*, it’s my first time demo’ing on stage at NY Tech MeetUp tonight, the nation’s largest with nearly 50,000 members – some 750 RSVP’d, full up. Cool. Here’s the Freelancers Union bill, Intro 1017 on … Continue reading

Open Data Infrastructure for Civic Engagement -

by David Moore

It’s 2016, and we’re still missing a huge amount of open infrastructure for civic engagement.  In my nine years of experience, here are the three major areas of need in the U.S. #opengov space. Below I’ll make the argument why this … Continue reading

Councilmatic a Finalist in Knight Cities Challenge -

by David Moore

We’re pleased that Councilmatic has been named a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge, to expand and deepen our non-profit work on civic engagement in Philadelphia. Councilmatic is one of 158 entries to advance out of over 4,500 submissions, 20 of … Continue reading

Keep AskThem Online for the 2016 Elections -

by David Moore

2016 is an election year, so it’s AskThem time. AskThem works as a uniquely open Q&A platform for all the Presidential campaigns, every Congressional race, and more contests in your state. Make a tax-exempt donation today to support our (free & open-source) work on … Continue reading

Three Federal Electoral Reform Initiatives -

by David Moore

Please find below a public legislative roadmap for three major federal legislative initiatives for electoral reforms. That is, bills in Congress for a stronger U.S. representative democracy. Each of these three legislative initiatives are composed of several bills, some active … Continue reading

Comment on NYC Councilmatic -

by David Moore

NYC residents and community groups: we’re excited to feature your comments on NYC Councilmatic pages, and deliver your group’s feedback to city council offices for a public response. Here’s how to comment on legislative items on Councilmatic, such as on the 2015 … Continue reading

AirBNB bills on NYC Councilmatic -

by David Moore

NYC Councilmatic is live, as a non-profit public resource on everything that’s happening in NYC government. Our site includes every committee’s activity and public events, creating unique open data for civic engagement. To highlight issues in the news and priorities in NYC communities, … Continue reading

Bring Councilmatic To Your City -

by David Moore

We’re working to roll out Councilmatic to cities nationwide as an open-data public resource. Contact us to talk about Councilmatic in your area: info@councilmatic.org, and we’ll get back to you right away to connect voice. Get in touch!  More info: … Continue reading

Become “Verified” on NYC Councilmatic -

by David Moore

NYC Councilmatic is live, and ready for public discussion about local issues. Starting December 1st, we’ll bring together a monthly public comment program on community issues in NYC and how they relate to legislative activity. All NYC Council offices, neighborhood groups, issue organizations … Continue reading

Ask Questions to Democratic Presidential Candidates -

by David Moore

The first #DemDebate of 2015 was Oct. 13th, at 9pm ET on CNN. Ask your questions to the candidates on AskThem, the only non-profit question-and-answer platform for every U.S. elected official (& politician & media company & political pundit & more). Previously, see my … Continue reading

Announcing Councilmatic and NYC Councilmatic -

by David Moore

Today from the Code For America Summit, we’re excited to launch our new non-profit project Councilmatic. Finally, a version of OpenCongress for cities is here. Our new version of the site is first launching for our beloved home base of New York City: NYC … Continue reading

Ask Questions to 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates -

by David Moore

Fire up the question machine. It’s 2016 elections time, which means it’s AskThem time. Next debate Tuesday Nov. 10th in Milwaukee, #GOPdebates appears to be the hashtags on micropublishing. (Ask questions to all the Democratic candidates too, linked handily from this … Continue reading

Announcing NYC Councilmatic -

by David Moore

Our 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 … Continue reading

Vote for AskThem in the Participatory Budgeting Process -

by David Moore

Unsurprisingly, given the name of our organization, I’m very bullish on participatory budgeting programs, specifically the excellent national PB Project based in the Bay Area. The research – especially internationally – on PB’s increase in community equity is robust (thanks Tiago & … Continue reading

Digital Legislatures, ahead of our #PDF15 Panel -

by David Moore

Towards closing the feedback loop with local governments, and writing & introducing your own city’s laws. Faced with gigantic problems (catastrophic climate degradation, local election disenfranchisement, police militarization, lobbyist influence on policymakers, more) – why aren’t more popular policies (carbon … Continue reading

Ask Questions to #PDF15 Speakers on AskThem -

by David Moore

Ahhh tech-politics conference time again, my 11th consecutive PdF of 12, I believe my fifth time participating on a panel (grateful). Along w/ T-Camp (usually spring, unfort. relatively poor dining in D.C.) and CFA Summit (usually Fall, fortunately consistently amazing food … Continue reading

“Explore Campaign Finance” demo at Civic Hall – Thursday, May 28th -

by David Moore

Our non-profit has worked with money-in-politics researchers since we ran OpenCongress from 2006 through 2013 – including OpenSecrets, Sunlight, FollowTheMoney, MapLight, LittleSis and others. Even with the progress of digital #opengov & #opendata movements since 2007 or so, there’s tons more work to do in … Continue reading

Sunset The PATRIOT Act – protest photos & legislative update -

by David Moore

Couple of photos from tonight’s ‪#‎SunsetThePatriotAct‬ protest outside of Sen. Schumer’s offices in Midtown East. Go team Fight For The Future, amazing organizing this week – here’s the main campaign site with lots of helpful info & tools to share: … Continue reading

State Department – International Visitors to Civic Hall -

by David Moore

This week Friday April 24th, from 11am- 12pm at Civic Hall, I’m pleased to be leading a discussion for 26 international visitors, organized through the U.S. State Department. Civic Hall members are invited to join, and I hope they’ll have … Continue reading

AskThem Widget – User Testing -

by David Moore

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 & … Continue reading

Unpacking Civic Tech – Inside and Outside of Government -

by David Moore

It can sometimes seem, or be conflated, that “civic tech” is the same in its incorporation, business & sustainability strategy