Digital Democracy

Digital Democracy is a new online platform using technology to increase the transparency and accountability of state legislatures. Housed at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Digital Democracy has created a searchable video database of recorded California legislative hearings. The database will empower the media, citizens and watchdog groups to find and share video files and transcripts of hearings on topics of interest. Integrated data on campaign contributions and lobbying activities will help users track influences on the legislative process. With funding from the Rita Allen Foundation, the Digital Democracy team is refining the tool’s software and user interface and assessing the project’s outcomes in preparation for introducing Digital Democracy to other states.