Political Memory - Memopol Toolkit (HackDemocracy Meetup 5)

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Political Memory (Memopol) is a toolbox designed to help citizens reach members of European Parliament (MEPs), and track their voting records. Presented at HackDemocracy Brussels' 5th Meetup.

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Political Memory - Memopol Toolkit (HackDemocracy Meetup 5)

  1. 1. Political Memory Laurent Peuch June 16, 2011
  2. 2. Let’s start by a bit of context
  3. 3. Let’s start by a bit of contextHow we act: • Among other things...
  4. 4. Let’s start by a bit of contextHow we act: • Among other things... • Raising the awareness of citizen on the action of their elected representatives
  5. 5. Let’s start by a bit of contextHow we act: • Among other things... • Raising the awareness of citizen on the action of their elected representatives • Encourage citizen to get involved in the political life
  6. 6. Let’s start by a bit of contextHow we act: • Among other things... • Raising the awareness of citizen on the action of their elected representatives • Encourage citizen to get involved in the political life • Making phoning campaign, working directly with some committee, written declarations etc...
  7. 7. Let’s start by a bit of contextHow we act: • Among other things... • Raising the awareness of citizen on the action of their elected representatives • Encourage citizen to get involved in the political life • Making phoning campaign, working directly with some committee, written declarations etc... • Increase the political cost of decisions
  8. 8. So we need a tool that...
  9. 9. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives
  10. 10. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives• Keep track of what they are doing
  11. 11. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives• Keep track of what they are doing• A tool to manage our campaigns
  12. 12. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives• Keep track of what they are doing• A tool to manage our campaigns• Be able to give notations on the way they are voting
  13. 13. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives• Keep track of what they are doing• A tool to manage our campaigns• Be able to give notations on the way they are voting• Have the possibility to gather user input
  14. 14. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives• Keep track of what they are doing• A tool to manage our campaigns• Be able to give notations on the way they are voting• Have the possibility to gather user input• Make it easy for citizen to contact their elected representative ...
  15. 15. So we need a tool that...• Help us manage the interfaction with all the elected representatives• Keep track of what they are doing• A tool to manage our campaigns• Be able to give notations on the way they are voting• Have the possibility to gather user input• Make it easy for citizen to contact their elected representative ... and see how they have behaved
  16. 16. But, as a citizen, what is our interest here ?
  17. 17. But, as a citizen, what is our interest here ?• Increase the efficienty of citizen groups
  18. 18. But, as a citizen, what is our interest here ?• Increase the efficienty of citizen groups• It’s easier for us to contact our representatives
  19. 19. But, as a citizen, what is our interest here ?• Increase the efficienty of citizen groups• It’s easier for us to contact our representatives• Help us vote with a more accurate view of what our repesentatives have done
  20. 20. But this version of memopol have some problems ... • It use old techno in a very hackish way
  21. 21. But this version of memopol have some problems ... • It use old techno in a very hackish way • This make it complex, hard to maintain, to extend and very hard to deploy
  22. 22. But this version of memopol have some problems ... • It use old techno in a very hackish way • This make it complex, hard to maintain, to extend and very hard to deploy • Only one dev that don’t have the time to use it (and is the only one that barely understand how the hell this works)
  23. 23. But this version of memopol have some problems ... • It use old techno in a very hackish way • This make it complex, hard to maintain, to extend and very hard to deploy • Only one dev that don’t have the time to use it (and is the only one that barely understand how the hell this works) • We are the only one to use it :(
  24. 24. But this version of memopol have some problems ... • It use old techno in a very hackish way • This make it complex, hard to maintain, to extend and very hard to deploy • Only one dev that don’t have the time to use it (and is the only one that barely understand how the hell this works) • We are the only one to use it :( • We decide to recode everything in python/django to fix those problems o/
  25. 25. Roadmap
  26. 26. List of cools ideas
  27. 27. Data visualisation
  28. 28. Queries via urls
  29. 29. Trophies
  30. 30. Widgets
  31. 31. Campaigns application
  32. 32. Phoning widget
  33. 33. Interconnection with Pippi Longstrings and Weurstchen
  34. 34. Text analysis and machine learning
  35. 35. Amendments tracking
  36. 36. Shortest path to severals offices in the European Parliament
  37. 37. Similarity clusters with data visualisation
  38. 38. Cross-connecting running instances
  39. 39. Vote result predictions ?
  40. 40. Memopol needs you !If you want to • Be Involve in an ambitious project • Change the way citizen interact with their elected representatives • Increase the transparency of the democratic process • Save the world
  41. 41. Memopol needs you !If you want to • Be Involve in an ambitious project • Change the way citizen interact with their elected representatives • Increase the transparency of the democratic process • Save the worldMemopol needs: • Python/django devs • Webdevs • Data visualisation and mining lovers • And much more
  42. 42. DetailsUrls: • Memopol1: http://memoirepolitique.eu/ • Memopol2 (warning: dev version!): http://memopol2.lqdn.fr • Dev blog (not finished): http://memopol.orgTwitter: • @memopol2Email: • cortex@worlddomination.be Questions ?

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