Code for Boston in association with Northeastern University’s Lab is embarking on a project to help citizens better engage with legislation through a legislative testimony app. The project partners describe this as follows:
This project endeavors to produce a digital public space wherein Massachusetts constituents can share their expertise, stories and opinions on the legislation that shapes our lives. Currently, “public” testimony submitted to legislative committees is kept private. Live testimony is published in unannotated hours-long videos, obscuring the insights of our fellow citizens. We will build on the foundation of www.goodgovproject to create a platform that allows any constituent to provide testimony on any bill, effectively convey this information to the public and legislators, and make information on the legislature’s website more accessible and useful. We hope this space facilitates sharing, learning, and increases our ability to form consensus on key issues.