Help Lessig Tag Congress

by Tim O'Brien

Sorry, it isn't entirely Ruby related... it is Python Django to be specific, but it is a message aimed at you ("the wiki-worker types") from Lawrence Lessig recruiting people to tag members of Congress at

Today we're launching the second stage of our project. We're asking wiki-worker-types (and that includes you) to help us tag all candidates and Members of Congress, by tracking for each whether they support the planks of reform in the Change Congress movement or not. We've built a set of tools that you can use to document -- for each plank of reform -- whether a candidate supports that plank or not. After that information is verified by a volunteer administrator, we'll add it to a map of reform that we're building. After we're done, we'll have a picture of the level of support for fundamental reform of Congress. And with that map, we'll launch stage 3 of our project -- raising money to support candidates who support reform

Django has the edge in the civic-Web20-computing space as Holovaty's Django was always more focused on the public square from the beginning. You would think Rails would be a no brainer for this, but in my brief encounter with the world of political web sites, many of the people I was talking to thought that PHP was king (ick). (In related news, this is the best online book interface I've seen yet.)


2008-04-28 16:32:07
Rails is being used in the civic web space. For example provides parliamentary transparency in New Zealand, and WhatDoTheyKnow? facilitates Freedom of Information Act requests in the UK. Both sites are built with Ruby on Rails.