A new google-like search engine that is transforming the relationship between advocacy organizations and their government just went live! It’s called Digital Democracy.
The LA Times says Digital Democracy is, “especially helpful to grass-roots groups without lobbying budgets, allowing them to keep an eye on their particular issues.” The San Francisco Chronicle boasts, “the site will open up the world of lobbying in a way not seen before.” And the Sacramento Bee calls the platform a “valuable tool to let citizens learn who is influencing legislators and how.”
Digital Democracy Tutorial:
Think of it as a searchable, sharable video engine for California government. It’s like C-SPAN, Google, and Facebook for politics all rolled into one. Too often well-financed groups have the inside track in Sacramento for funding and policy. Thanks to students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at Cal Poly this has changed.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former State Senator and IATPP founder, Sam Blakeslee, launched Digital Democracy at the State Capitol last week for advocates like Jim Roberts. For decades, Jim has fought for foster children. Now, instead of driving five hours to Sacramento just to sit in on committee hearings, now Jim can be part of the legislative process without leaving his office.
This new tool only works if people like you take advantage of it. That is why we are hoping you will check out Digital Democracy and see what’s possible. If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about the project simply by respond to this email or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be rolling out new features on the site in the coming weeks and months so be sure to check it out and stay tuned!
The Digital Democracy Team