We are citizens who became deeply concerned about the state of transparency and accountability in our democracy. So we decided to do what we know best—using technology in order to effect change as a systems-level enabler. That’s why we’re leveraging cutting-edge techniques in order to make it easy to discover bad actors and better respond when free and fair elections, open governance, and fact-based public policy are threatened.
We start by crawling the internet for freeform text that’s relevant to politics and democracy. This includes but is not limited to news articles, fact checks, social media mentions, political donors, proposed policies, and information about candidates and elections.
Next, we extract the entities and narratives from the text and build out a network of nodes and edges based on both explicit and implicit relationships. Our graph also includes useful metadata that can later be used to narrow down queries.
We then build interactive tools that allow our team, everyday citizens, activists, researchers, journalists, political actors, and governmental organizations to generate actionable insights using a guided walkthrough or one of our analysis templates.
Finally, we develop custom deep dives, implementation plans, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks with external partners who align with our mission to support free and fair elections, open governance, and fact-based public policy.