CALLING ALL DESIGNERS, DEVELOPERS, THINKERS & DOERS
Americans have lost faith in our government. 96% of voters agree that money in politics is a problem, but 91% don’t think it can be fixed.
But with your help, we can fix it. We will discuss how at the Citizens Rising Anti-Corruption Symposium on September 19th. Then we are going to DO something about it.
ABOUT HACK FOR DEMOCRACY
Come and work with us for 2 days on projects to help get big money out of politics. Please join us if you…
Be there or be a plutocrat!
Hack for Democracy is a little unique, so let us explain.
First, we have some projects lined up to help existing organizations such as the NH Rebellion, Democracy Matters, Open Democracy, and others, but we also want your ideas, so if you've got one, please come prepared to pitch your idea.
Second, “hacks” don’t have to be limited to technology. A project can be a marketing campaign, a video, software, a website, an interesting concept, or anything to support the movement to create representative democracy.
NH Rebellion — Four Corners Website Enhancements
Continue design and development of website content and tools to support Lawrence Lessig's NH Rebellion in asking every presidential primary candidate “How are YOU going to end the system of corruption in Washington?”
Democracy Matters — Democracy Pledge App & Website
Design and develop an app interface (and complementary website) which allows Facebook users to sign the Democracy Pledge and check a box to "donate your data to get big money out of politics." The back-end of the app (currently being developed) will use the data to identify influential university students to join the anti-corruption movement.
Open Democracy — 50,000 Missing Voices Website
Help Open Democracy recruit 50,000 "Missing Voices" by designing a responsive website that integrates a grassroots engagement tool, candidate bird-dogging, voter education and mobilization, and more.
We've set up an online collaboration space with more information about Hack for Democracy and potential projects. Please join us on our Hackpad.
WHAT TO BRING
Our provisional schedule is available on our Hackpad.
Q: Don’t you know that the United States of America isn’t a democracy? It's a republic.
A: A republic is a form of representative democracy. So although our government is not an absolute democracy or direct democracy, it is nonetheless a democracy. To save time, we sometimes just call it a democracy. Both are correct.
Q: What are you? Democrats? Republicans? Liberals? Conservatives?
A: We have a variety of opinions on substantive issues like tax reform, education, healthcare, privacy, environment, etc… But none of that matters. The issue of big money in politics means that none of us are being represented by our lawmakers. Restoring our representative democracy means that all viewpoints — left, right, and center — can compete in the marketplace of ideas. We all need to work together to solve this problem.
Q: Hey, this conflicts with the Climate March on Sunday. What's the deal?
A: Due to the need to book venues a year in advance, we had to stick with this weekend. However, some folks will be attending the workshop on Saturday and then attending the march on Sunday, which is totally okay — just let us know if you can't work with us the entire weekend.
Q: Will there be food?
A: Yes. We are lining up sponsors to provide you with food and beverages. There will definitely be caffeine.
Q: Will there be prizes?
A: There will be a popular vote for best project, but our participants are not motivated by fame or prizes. Our mission is to create projects that will make a meaningful impact on the movement to fix our broken political system.
Q: What's the best way to get there?
A: Parking may be limited at the Stata Center. Kendall Station on the Red line is 0.3 miles from Stata center.
Q: Are there any rules I should know about?
A: Yes. Check them out on the Hack for Democracy rules page.
Join us at the MIT Stata Center on September 20th & 21st.
Space is limited, so register today!
We are a local chapter of Represent.Us. We fight corruption in the greater Boston area.
We are building a non-partisan movement to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America, and end the legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics.
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