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The Rapidly Expanding Field of “Voter Information Platforms”

By Tom Glaisyer / 2014 October 8th

How will voters find information in 2014? For those who care about US democracy, this question is front and center in a world where both the structure of the news media and the channels through which voters get information are in flux.

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Guest Post: The State Open Campaign System: Technology for Cleaner, Fairer Campaigns

By John Kaehny / 2013 October 25th

John Kaehny gives an overview of the State Open Campaign System; a newblueprint for an affordable, state-of-the-art campaign finance reporting system.

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Congratulations to Face the Facts USA

By Tom Glaisyer / 2013 April 1st

One of our grantees Face the Facts USA has just wrapped up its daily facts. Check out the infographic below to get a sense for what they have accomplished so far. In just eight months, the Face the Facts team found creative ways to educate the public about 204 facts that are at the center of political discussion. They covered everything from our nation’s debt to the state of our infrastructure and education system. Face the Facts also hosted a wide array of different types of forums to give people a chance to engage with the information more deeply, including Google Hang Outs, interactive cable television events, and one-on-one discussions.

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Guest Post: The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review

By John Gastil / 2013 February 26th

The State of Oregon has created a voter resrouce for ballot initiatives called the Citizens Initiative Review (CIR), which convenes a group of average citizens together to evaluate ballot measures and share their recommendations with the voting public.

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Guest Post: The Engaging News Project

By Talia Stroud / 2013 February 11th

Are there more compelling ways to present news that might attract unengaged citizens? Are there ways to bridge partisan divides when presenting the news?

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Why I created the Democracy Fund

By Pierre Omidyar / 2013 January 15th

If anyone was surprised this summer when Gallup announced that only one in ten Americans approve of the job Congress is doing...