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[liberationtech] [cfabrigade] What "elections" News Challenge proposals excite you?

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at cdt.org
Thu Mar 19 14:49:53 PDT 2015


(Disclosure: I'm on the board of CVF)

This is one I hope you'll all check out (although California-centric)
that is a collaboration between the California Voter Foundation, Pew's
Center on the States, and Google's Voter Information Project:

A Unified Voter Guide for California Voters, Online
https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/elections/entries/a-unified-voter-guide-for-california-voters-online

Californians are mailed printed voter guides from state and local
election agencies. We propose unifying the content of these guides
online and expanding it so voters can find all relevant voting
information in one place accessible 24 hours a day from any device.
Information from government sources is highly valued by voters,
particularly in "down ballot" contests that receive less attention. By
making information about these races, such as candidate statements,
web site and social media contact information and candidate videos
available via government sites, voters will more easily find what they
need to make informed choices, especially young voters who are more
likely to be online but far less likely to vote than older voters.

On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 4:28 PM, Derek Eder <derek.eder at gmail.com> wrote:
> We just proposed a Politician Reconciliation Service that will act as a
> canonical source of identifiers in order to enable others to research and
> aggregate all the data ever created about a politician.
>
> https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/elections/entries/politician-reconciliation-service
>
> Pretty excited for DataMade to partner with Sunlight Foundation & Open
> Elections on this one.
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 3:24 PM, Steven Clift <clift at e-democracy.org> wrote:
>>
>> Please share some links to your proposal or to those you like most.
>>
>> Here is one ...
>>
>> Thanks to power of Google Docs and Skype chatter, a collaborative crew
>> from six countries worked on this (more below from Martin):
>>
>> Who Are My Candidates?
>>
>> http://bit.ly/6countriesnewschallenge
>>
>> If you like the idea of leveraging the UK's http://YourNextMP.com code in
>> your city, state or nation to generate fundamental open data on candidates,
>> join the Poplus.org online group: http://bit.ly/poplusgroup
>>
>> Also, if you really want to tune in or help now, join the UK Democracy
>> Club's online group:
>> https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!forum/democracy-club
>>
>> Start coding:
>> https://github.com/mysociety/yournextmp-popit
>>
>> Or start helping with the crowd-sourcing on UK candidates:
>> https://yournextmp.com/tasks/
>>
>> More from Martin in Argentina below ...
>>
>> Steven Clift
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: "Martín Szyszlican" <martinsz at gmail.com>
>> Date: Mar 19, 2015 1:33 PM
>> Subject: [Poplus] NewsChallenge: Who Are My Candidates? Fundamental
>> election data, and fundamentally useful voter tools, in six countries.
>> To: "poplus" <poplus at googlegroups.com>
>> Cc:
>>
>> Today is the last day of the Knight NewsChallenge and after a great work
>> by members of the poplus federation we have published our entry, you can
>> read it fully (and applaud it if you like) here:
>>
>> https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/elections/entries/who-are-my-candidates-fundamental-election-data-and-fundamentally-useful-voter-tools-in-six-countries
>>
>> I have been pushing for this for the past few months and we finally
>> managed to have a great proposal, I really hope the challenge's judges will
>> think the same.
>>
>> The stated goal is to provide election information in six countries, and
>> the poplus-related goal is to make yournextmp a truly global tool, with a
>> popit backend and a host of popolo-based tools implemented or improved in
>> each country.
>> I mean Write-it, Cargografias, Twittelection and even add new tools by
>> making VotaInteligente (a tool from Ciudadano Inteligente in Chile) be able
>> to consume from PopIt.
>>
>> April 13th is the day we find out weather we made it to the next round,
>> they will pick 50 projects out fo the more than 600 proposals and those will
>> have to provide a more specific budget and timeline.
>>
>> Thanks to all.
>>
>> --
>> Martín Szyszlican
>> Desarrollo web usable y accesible
>> martinszyszlican.com
>>
>>
>>
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