Robust citizen engagement is vital for a democracy to function. Yet measures of modern civic engagement, especially as they relate to our electoral system, show that people have lost faith in their government and don't feel that their voice matters. In 2012, about 180 million people in the United States were registered to vote, of which only about 130 million actually voted, and some 93 million eligible citizens did not vote.
But there are important reasons for optimism, including shifting societal norms and people's willingness to embrace new technologies that make their lives easier and more efficient. The Parker Foundation will invest in a range of efforts to reimagine politics, elections, and policies, and reenergize participation in democracy and political media.
Code for America
Code for America builds open source technology and organizes a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.
Code.org is dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation defends civil liberties in the digital world by championing user privacy, free expression and innovation.