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.



Participatory Politics Foundation

I work as the Executive Director of PPF, a non-profit organization that builds free and open-source websites for civic engagement. Previously: OpenCongress; now, AskThem; next, we propose: Councilmatic.

Our non-partisan public web resources make government more transparent, more accountable, and less corrupt. In addition to opening up government, PPF is dedicated to opening up the political process as a whole through comprehensive electoral reform, campaign finance reform, and liberation of public data. Our core competency is user-friendly interface design, creating widely accessible software and web applications. Read more about our mission, our team, and our projects.

PPF and our sibling organization, the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), are each incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. We chose to register as public charities precisely so that the principles of our public mission would be formally enshrined in our organizational structure. In the past, some open-source projects have chosen to incorporate as commercial entities or be acquired by them; while this is not necessarily harmful for the public benefit, our 501(c)3 status helps ensure that our focus is on providing free, libre, and open-source software to the commons on the open Web for public education, media reform, and community empowerment.

Put broadly, PPF’s vision is for user-friendly technology to increase opportunities for deliberative democracy and wiki government. This collaborative feedback loop, we believe, results in significantly better public policy outcomes and a higher gross national happiness.


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