Startup Types Build Ready-Made Activitism

Issue 02-13-17   |   Reviewer:   Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.


Disparate coders are getting more political and hacking together protest websites. A series of quickly-made websites provide shortcuts to constituent calls and other forms of civic engagement.

Call to Action, created over the weekend of Nov. 18, 2017, by programmers from around the country, facilitates calls to Congress, does not include scripts, and has notched 21,000 visits., another weekend project, created by Daniel Gross, a partner at leading startup incubator Y Combinator, is a searchable database of the companies that have opposed Trump’s immigration ban. More than 500 of the site’s 30,000 visitors have added information about their employers. Track Trump, a collection of status updates on the things the president promised to do during his first 100 days in office, has received more than 100,000 visits since its debut on Inauguration Day. The site shows a checklist of agenda items broken down by category (trade, education, health care) as well as a day-by-day timeline.

During the eight years of the Obama administration, the rise of cloud software and other collaboration tools, as well as the culture of speed-coding hackathons, made it a lot easier for them to kludge together such websites cheaply without putting their day jobs on hold.

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