The Daily Pennsylvanian: Two Penn alumni launch VOHTE — a ‘one-stop shop’ for voters to get info on all candidates

The Daily Pennsylvanian: Two Penn alumni launch VOHTE — a ‘one-stop shop’ for voters to get info on all candidates. “2014 Wharton graduate Sean Danowski and 2014 Penn Law graduate Dafan Zhang recently launched VOHTE — a mobile-friendly website that will act as a resource for Pennsylvania voters looking to learn more about candidates in their district. Zhang said he came up with the idea for VOHTE after running for State House in 2014 while simultaneously studying at Penn Law. Zhang, who said he did not have a large campaign fund, ended up losing the election, and said in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvania that he saw his inability to reach voters as a systematic problem.”

CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members

CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members. “When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress this week, he’ll address House and Senate members who’ve received sizable campaign contributions from Facebook employees and its political action committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee, which are scheduled to conduct a joint hearing with the Facebook chief on Tuesday, have received a total of $604,000 in contributions since 2007, according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.”

Brookings: Views of American democracy based on internet search data

Brookings: Views of American democracy based on internet search data. ” Critics complain that President Donald Trump has eroded democracy by violating norms of civility and undermining news organizations by accusing them of being purveyors of ‘fake news.’ Yale Law Professor Amy Chua has noted the rise of political tribalism that pits group against group and erodes common bonds… In this paper, we look at views of U.S. democracy using internet search data. We examine public interest in democracy, fake news, money in politics, ethics concerns, the rule of law, and major political institutions in order to gauge how Americans are reacting to recent developments.”

France24: Rival India leaders accused of data breaches in social media row

France24: Rival India leaders accused of data breaches in social media row. “India’s ruling and main opposition parties on Monday accused each other of using social media dirty tricks to mine and share followers’ personal data. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party of Rahul Gandhi have seized upon the data breach storm surrounding Facebook and other media to score political points against one another.”

PublicNow: Political Donations Database Allows Canadians To Follow The Money (PRESS RELEASE)

PublicNow: Political Donations Database Allows Canadians To Follow The Money (PRESS RELEASE). “Postmedia Network Inc. (‘Postmedia’) today announced the launch of the Follow the Money project, a database of political donations that brings together records from all provinces and territories in one easy-to-search tool – a first of its kind in Canada. To bring real transparency to political financing, Postmedia’s 2017 Michelle Lang Fellow, reporter Zane Schwartz, spent a year tracking and gathering more than six million donation records that add up to a sum of about $2 billion. He then worked with data analytics experts at Qlik to develop simple apps to make the records searchable.”

Library of Congress: How to Locate the Bills and Amendments a Member of Congress has Sponsored or Cosponsored in Congress .gov

Library of Congress: How to Locate the Bills and Amendments a Member of Congress has Sponsored or Cosponsored in Congress.gov. “One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to locate a bill or amendment that a member of Congress has sponsored or cosponsored. There are a few ways to do this on Congress.gov.”

Miami Herald: New email system will archive lawmaker emails for 5 years

Miami Herald: New email system will archive lawmaker emails for 5 years. “The Montana Legislature is replacing its current email system with one that is expected to make it easier to comply with open records requests. The new email has an automatic archive system that will retain legislators’ emails for five years after their terms end to comply with state law, the Missoulian reports .”