Possible Google philanthropic project for transparency

Google has a philanthropic project underway that might be relevant to us. They are in the process of choosing which projects to pursue, determined by a vote:


Last fall we launched Project 10^100, a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Your response was overwhelming.

Make government more transparent

Create a website that enables people from any country or municipality to easily learn about the workings of their government, and rally their fellow citizens to take action to improve it. Numerous user ideas embraced variations on the theme of governmental transparency, with specific proposals ranging from publishing details of proposed laws and politicians’ voting records to making public budgets searchable online and leveraging social networks to let communities make their voices heard by their representatives by voting on pressing issues.

Suggestions that inspired this idea

1. Create a “govwatch” program that allows people to enter in geographic and other info and get back information about bills/laws that affect them

2. Empower individual voters with both online, real-time data on their political representatives’ activity, and tools to analyze, engage and influence outcomes

3. Increase the transparency of laws, eliminate duplicate ones and communicate them better to affected citizens

4. Share information on how municipalities and states use public funds

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