At CTF we seek out individuals and organizations whose ideas and technology aim to push society forward, to inform and connect citizens around the issues that mean the most to them. These advancements are vital to an informed and engaged society in the age of instant access to information.
An early education in civic participation improves the quality of citizens that our children may become when it’s their turn to vote and engage with their governments. Educating and empowering our children with technology at home and in our schools so that they may learn how our governments work and how we choose our representatives is vital to the future of our representative democracies.
Governments, news media, organizations, and candidates need better tools to more effectively communicate with citizens and each other around the subject of civic engagement. Technology for social connectivity has blossomed over the past decade, yet, these advances are less evident in the civic engagement space. We aim to help change that.
Access to a variety of open civic data provides significant insights into how our government are run, how money is raised, and who is responsible for the legislation that we see everyday. Citizens should have tools that allow them to monitor this activity and other activity. CTF wants to ensure that citizens have access to this technology.
The Voting App has been helping voters across Texas become truly prepared to cast their ballots on their election days. However, this has come largely at the expense and direct efforts of the founders of the company that originally created the first version of this application, ThinkVoting. As a result of minimal public funding and support, that fund resource has been exhausted. In order to stop the cash hemorrhage, the servers have been put on pause, and the apps have been removed from the App Store and Google Play. The efforts of the ThinkVoting Team have been noble, but now we look to you, the citizens to breathe life back into this project.
We are in the process of making the API that powers the data within the platform an open source project so that developers across the country or even around the world can push it further. Civic Technology Foundation also wants to bring the mobile apps to your communities. This technology is the tip of the iceberg that was the vision of the founders of ThinkVoting. Let’s keep the vision going as a nonpartisan voters information resource. Visit ThinkVoting to see what they did during their time working on this project.
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