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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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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