David Russell Moore

New York, NY


Projects & Notes, Semi-Abandoned WP Install

Created Jan. 2011, content is dated. Reachable at @ppolitics or @sanschain on micropublishing.





I live in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, where as of 2018 I work as a co-founder of Sludge, an investigative journalism project on money-in-politics, built on the new Civil publishing platform. About our mission to relentlessly cover systemic corruption.

From 2007-2017, I worked as the Executive Director of the Participatory Politics Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds free and open-source software for civic engagement. Previously I worked as the first Outreach Coordinator & Fundraiser for the Participatory Culture Foundation, creating a more bottom-up & democratic media landscape.

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I went to Nicolet High School. I then attended Brown University, graduating in 2001 with degrees in English and Philosophy.

While there, I was active in the Brown Student Labor Alliance (check our group’s site, circa ’99), partnering with SEIU Local 1199 to advocate for a living wage for all campus employees and comprehensive reform of contracting practices. I was also a member of the national student movement for international labor rights and helped create the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labor rights monitoring organization. In 2000, I was one of three student activists from the national body to be elected to the inaugural WRC Governing Board.

From 2001 – 2003, I worked as a field organizer for SEIU, the Feingold Senate Committee, and Democratic campaigns throughout Virginia, Texas, and other states. In 2003, I worked as Deputy Field Director for the Wes Clark for President campaign in New Hampshire. In 2004, I worked as Deputy Field Director of America Coming Together (ACT) in Ohio, a 527 organization working to support Democratic candidates. In Fall 2006, I returned to Ohio to serve as the GOTV Director for the Ohio Democratic Party.

During my time as a campaign organizer, volunteer coordinator, and voter targeting director, I became deeply interested in the potential of technology to reform the political process. Many observers were already documenting how technology was affecting campaigns: mobile devices improved the efficiency of door-to-door canvassing; newly available consumer data sets improved the quality and detail of voter registration lists; self-publishing on the Web by political blogs like Talking Points Memo (and later projects like FiveThirtyEight) and others expanded political discourse and improved media accountability; and much more.

In my experience, while I believed deeply in the causes of the campaigns on which I was working, especially enforcing labor rights and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our contemporary political process proved to be fundamentally flawed. Insular political networks in un-representative states like Iowa and New Hampshire have a harmfully disproportionate affect on determining the contours of the political mainstream. Hugely consequential public policy decisions continue to be made by small, unaccountable cohorts.

What can concerned individuals do to make this awful political process more open, inclusive, and participatory? Among many answers, I contend the goal is to create a living, breathing deliberative democracy and wiki government. Getting there will require doing the difficult and resource-intensive work of on-the-ground community organizing and voter mobilization. The area in which I work now, free software, provides tools that reform movements can use in their organizing efforts. The result of this organizing, I argue, will be better public policy outcomes, greater social justice, and higher gross national happiness. For more background, please see these essays by the late Prof. Tony Judt, first “What Is Living and What Is Dead in Social Democracy?” (NYRoB, Dec. 17th, 2009) and second “Ill Fares The Land” (Apr. 20th, 2010). More clarification to come on contemporary use of the various terms: progressivism, liberalism, social democracy, left-wing, deliberative democracy, participatory democracy, wiki government, “We” government, Gov. 2.0, #opengov, and others… to come on the official PPF blog. Plus some personal publishing to come on in the future on something like Sans Chain (legacy bookmarks), hope it’s enjoyable as part of the ecosystem of the open Web.

(Profile photo above by James Ryang, thanks James.)

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