Funding has been secured to fully develop a new searchable video and social engagement tool that will help journalists and citizens keep a watchful eye on California state government.
Digital Democracy, an online platform that enables users to research, view, clip and share video of the California Senate and Assembly committee hearings, has received a $1.2 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Thanks to the philanthropic organization’s donation, the project is set to make its official debut in spring 2015.
A beta version of the next-generation video archival system was tested earlier this year by the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The project is spearheaded by the institute’s founder, former California Sen. Sam Blakeslee.
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