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An Introduction to the project

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The best way to explain what Political Memory is, is by explaining where +it came from.

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So, let's start by a bit of context. Political Memory is a tool built by +La Quadrature du Net. It is its major +campaigning tool.

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La Quadrature du Net is a citizen group defending fundamental rights on +the Internet by:

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  • raising citizen awareness about their political representatives' + actions
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  • trying to get citizens involved in the political life and demand of + their representatives that they represent and defend their rights
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  • acting very closely with these representatives
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  • organising campaigns during which citizens contact their + representatives before certain votes or for given occasions, + educating or warning MPs about issues
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  • getting MEPs to sign written declarations (for instance, La + Quadrature campaigned on a written declaration about + ACTA which over half the MEPs + signed)
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  • and most importantly, trying to increase the political cost of + decisions. Making sure elected representatives think long and hard + about what their constituents will think of their decisions. The + Hadopi “three-strike” law in France is a very good example of that.
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In order to reach these goals, Political Memory tries to make it easy +for citizens to:

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  • follow la Quadrature's work, and campaigns
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  • understand their representatives' actions
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  • make it easy to contact their representatives
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  • raise the political cost of representatives' decisions by keeping + them under close scrutiny
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In order to work, Political Memory gets its data from two sources:

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  • The European Parliament, via Parltrack, for the European MPs
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  • The French Parliament, via NosDeputes.fr, for the French MPs
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This data is then used for several things:

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  • MEP listings and contact details
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  • voting data
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  • show these representatives' score according to our voting + recommendation
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Once all this data is input, MEPs are rated, votes are recorded and +citizens can see what a given MEP has been up to, how they've voted on +specific issues (those on which la Quadrature works).

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Citizens can easily reach out to their representative, at any time, or +during a specific campaign.

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Eventually, this will increase the connexion between citizens and their +representatives, putting citizens' concern back at the centre of +politics.

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For a more lengthy and detailed explanation about what Political Memory +is about, you can read Changing Democracy with Code: a Word from the +Developpers.

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Written by bram in About on dim. 05 juin 2011.
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