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Participatory Politics Foundation
New York, NY

PPF builds builds free and open-source web tools to help build public knowledge about politics and facilitate activism, with a focus on usable design and clear presentation. We make OpenCongress.org and OpenGovernment.org.

Participatory Politics Foundation is not verified as a 501(c)3 organization.

Latest News

Jun 03, 2018

The open-source, open-data, non-profit AskThem Q&A platform is undergoing a volunteer redesign (!) for public accountability around the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. The website is going offline for the summer, ahead of re-launch, date to be announced. Same with PPF’s … Continue reading

Jan 26, 2018

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

Dec 29, 2017

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

Dec 21, 2017

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

Nov 20, 2017

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

Oct 30, 2017

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

Oct 23, 2017

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

Oct 09, 2017

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