prototypes

App4Gov

App4Gov is a free and open-source tool that lets elected officials to systematically delegate decision-making to constituents through online participatory democracy tools. Our team worked hard to prototype new features and expand upon our existing mockups.

Above: Augmented Reality (AR) Heads-Up Display for Elected Official. Senator uses AR glasses (i.e., Google Glass) to monitor live suggestions for what to ask during senate proceedings. App4Gov committed elected officials agree to video broadcast every working minute of their political life—from hearings to meetings with lobbyists—and constituents can watch stream and participate in real time. Senate staffers act as community managers, working to encourage participation and moderate as needed. Exceptions to video broadcasting may be made for security or confidentiality reasons, though transparent justifications are required.

 

App4Gov users vote regularly on all sorts off issues through direct communications with their elected representatives. Users can delegate their votes to organizations or individuals.

App4Gov users vote regularly on all sorts off issues through direct communications with their elected representatives. Users can delegate their votes to organizations or individuals.

Registration Process. User registers online and receives a postcard at their address. Voter identity is anonymized, but elected officials can track voter participation by census tract, allowing them to make sure that demographics of participating voters isn't disproportionate from a specific subset of their constituency.

Registration Process. User registers online and receives a postcard at their address. Voter identity is anonymized, but elected officials can track voter participation by census tract, allowing them to make sure that demographics of participating voters isn’t disproportionate from a specific subset of their constituency.