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Did you know that Congress introduced almost 7,000 new bills in 2013 alone? Yeah, neither did we. Rachna Choundhry and Marci Harris cofounded Popvox to bring little-known congressional decisions to a bigger news platform. The idea is
If more people are involved with democracy and politics between election cycles, it will lead to a higher voter participation rate. That’s the theory that a number of entrepreneurs used when explaining how their technologies will increase voter turnout. R
As Harris sees it, this technology will do nothing less than change the world. “Never on this planet has there been a responsive, transparent, inclusive, interactive government, because it has never been possible,” she said. “Now that we have the ability,
POPVOX is a clear alternative to what CEO Harris describes as the “perpetual state of outrage” that seems to surround national discourse. The current discussion isn’t productive, and much like "constant stress in our bodies makes us sick, this kind of sus
Popvox, a Silicon Valley-based site started four years ago to help people better interact with members of Congress, is undergoing a “stem to stern” overhaul this fall, as co-founder Marci Harris describes it.
Created by Marci Harris and Rachna Choudhry, PopVox is a D.C. startup that promises to change the way candidates listen to their constituents. Harris, a campaign staffer, and Choudhry, a non-profit lobbyist, met at a social gathering. Being the only indiv
Congress returns from a five-week recess on Monday with many issues to tackle -- from escalating global tensions to domestic challenges relating to jobs, the economy, immigration and even the Constitution before Election Day. However, they will be racing
PopVox is helping modernize the government one small step at a time. In July 2012, DemCom, the intranet of House Democrats, integrated the platform into its servers. In February 2014, PopVox launched a partnership with Regulations.gov. And in June 2014, t
The beauty of POPVOX and a few similar services is they allow a voter to quickly figure out who their representative is, that lawmaker's stand on a given issue and then provides a way for the voter to weigh in on the issues he or she cares about.
“There are really two ways to move legislation: Move money or move people,” said Harris, who is herself a former congressional staffer. “Members of Congress truly do care what their constituents have to say. They don’t care, at all, what the entire Intern
"Whether the content of the contracts of the future, or the way in which those contracts will be drafted and enforced, the world is changing. And the tools and practice of law will have to change with it.”
But what if there was a technology solution – a non-partisan platform providing you with a 360-degree view of every bill and resolution, organized by issue area to enable easy discovery, and aggregating personal letters from people just like you, as well
Today Fast Company launches the Most Creative People in Business 1000, a new resource that defines an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe. This is more than just a list: It is a...
Examples of these new businesses that are growing due to the availability and use of data are Appallicious, PopVox and SeeClickFix. The big data era is just beginning and the more regulators at all levels of support it, the greater societal impact it w
The list is a preview of a comprehensive study GovLab plans to conduct on companies that are powered in part or in whole by open government data. The 500 companies on the list include some government data-focused startups, such as PopVox, which encourages
7 Female Entrepreneurs Who Beat The Odds and Change The World
2013 - Only five percent of tech start-ups are owned by women, according to Women Who Tech's clever infographics, and they face greater challenges in terms of diversity and funding...
At one time, entrepreneur Rachna Choudhry was so green to the entrepreneurial world that she read a how-to-start-your-own-business-book cover to cover in a Starbucks before ever thinking about POPVOX. Ironically, her first lesson — and perhaps t...
Harris also shared her philosophy on what will make Congress receive improved data, she provided the following equation: Open Data + Transparency + Civic Participation = Congress gets improved data. Popvox is an example of a tool that was built outside of