I just got this in my email from PureWow:
We took eighth-grade government. We know that voting is our civic duty (and we would never miss an opportunity to get that sticker).
Yet last week’s election had us spinning: We’re confident as to where we stand on key issues, but it feels almost impossible to be equally informed about everything on the ballot. What’s a “land exchange proposition” anyway?
That’s where the iCitizen app comes in.
Here’s how it works: After you download the app (currently available for iPhone; an Android version is on the way), iCitizen gives you the ability to “follow” current issues, much like you follow someone on Twitter. Related news stories on those topics will then automatically populate your iCitizen feed (again, much like Twitter), so you’ll never miss a beat on the current Obamacare debate.
That’s not all. Ever wonder who foots the bill for cash-guzzling campaigns? Or how your favorite (and not-so-favorite) pols have voted on recent legislation? iCitizen increases transparency by revealing all possible information on your federal and local elected officials. Simply search a representative to find his or her committees, recent votes and even social media handles–should you need to air your grievances.
We already use our phones for everything, so why not rock the vote in between rounds of that particularly difficult level of Candy Crush?
Anyone using this? Here’s more on it. I’m curious. I don’t have an iPhone anymore…
NEWSFLASH: Just got this press release:
Congressmen Marsha Blackburn and Jim Cooper to Headline iCitizen Launch Celebration
iCitizen announced today that Republican Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper, representatives from Tennessee, are headlining the iCitizen National Launch Celebration on November 19, 2013 in Washington D.C. The event is open to the public and anyone wishing to attend should register for the event here. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a presentation regarding iCitizen’s impact on the future of government and live demos of the mobile app, along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The free iOS7 based mobile app for iPhones is now available in Apple’s App Store. Called “nothing short of extraordinary” by Politico, it provides a robust civic engagement platform that allows users to easily track issues of personal importance, learn more about and follow their representatives, and voice their opinions – all in one place and in the palm of their hand. “Having representation from both sides of the aisle headline this event demonstrates the multi-perspective nature of iCitizen’s mobile app. Regardless of your party affiliation, iCitizen provides comprehensive and fact-based political news and information you can trust,” stated Rod Massey, CEO of iCitizen.
From gun rights and gay rights to border control and birth control, the mobile app is fully customizable, allowing users to only follow issues that are important to them. The iCitizen app also polls users regarding current political issues. With one click, users voice their opinion with results delivered to their elected officials. This feature allows users to make their voices count, as well as enables representatives to make better informed decisions. “The ability to provide elected officials with real time feedback on issues of importance to citizens and enable elected officials to more effectively communicate with and understand their constituents is an important tenant of iCitizen. We believe continuous and more dynamic engagement between citizens and government will fundamentally change the political process and enable our country to truly work together to solve problems, reconcile differences and move us forward into the future as our founding fathers intended,” stated Founder and Board Chairman Duncan Dashiff.