You can notice that people are all the time taking in hands their phones, chatting, reading posts and latest news. Nowadays you’re always trying to keep in touch with your online friends, but also you should be aware of a topical social and political events. Ubiquity of the Internet especially a social media give a lot of abilities for creation a communities to discuss the existing actual problems.

Today everyone can be an active citizen while he is tapping away at his phone. Organize a riot through Facebook? Easy! Ask some questions to a local official or Mr. President himself? You can do it on Twitter! Digital era are changing social activism as we know it before.

Below introduced 10 digital tools that allow to collect information about political activities and cases, also make it possible to start a social change.


1. Countable

Direct communication between a legislator and a citizen can improve the work of the Congress and increase people’s trust. The smartphone free app Countable has been playing this role for many years. When user login and create an account the system personalizing his location to provide the information about the lawmakers from pointed district. Countable shows how the congresspeople are voting and which bills they are sponsoring.

This app explains the unclear terms, reveals the essence of bills, describes their pros and cons. Users can openly write their feedback, vote for any issue, approve or reject it. The results of voting sends to the government offices and to respective legislators for familiarization.

Also now you have the opportunity to apply directly to the needed Congressmen, even call or send short video to them just tapping a button. The interacting with legislation now is more accessible than ever. You can really get involved in political process and be heard through this non-partisan digital tool.

Countable has been since 2014, but become popular today because of current political climate related to the recent U.S. presidential elections. The number of downloads was a record in the first days of Trump’s presidency.


2. Flippable

Online service Flippable was created by former Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team and aimed to American voters. The app was launched to anticipate which state legislative districts will show great activity in the elections and how competitive could be a campaign of Democrat.

Flippable is able to determine an areas with the best chances of winning, so “blue” could strenuously sponsor the candidates from there. It is the usable method to flip the state legislatures to their side through the online tool.

Efficiency of the app was proved in February after the state Senate election in Delaware. Stephanie Hansen, the candidate from Democratic has won, and it was the first victory since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Her campaign managers confessed that they held fundraisers from nonprofit groups of activists and Flippable was more helpful.

People send donations to equalize the balance of party’s power in the states and hope that someday gerrymandering will stop. If you want to joint efforts in controlling more state legislatures you should visit the site or sign up for daily emails. Flippable also will alert you about special elections and provide information about representatives in state’s House and Senate.


3. The Resistance Manual

After the presidential elections in the U.S.A. many people were frightened by the upcoming changes in the country’s legislation. American activists decided to create the online platform which reports about the new administration’s proposed political movements.

The Resistance Manual is wikipedia-style, open source guide that available for everyone. The founders made such a format for using, so that all who want can contribute material in any category. It means that the content is understandable for people who have limited vocabulary too. Eventually an information on the site will become more detailed and location-specific to every community in the country.

The categories are cover different important aspects: Policing, Immigration, LGBTQ Equality, Mass Incarceration, Women’s Rights, Educational Justice, The Muslim Registry, Environment and several others. Each section guides you to the page with describing of problem, contains the latest policy updates related to it and the ways that citizens can resist.

Site also includes information on Donald Trump, his position about different issues and list of public figures who have endorsed him. Also there are the resource links to crisis hotlines for specific marginalized communities, many petitions, an information about upcoming events and another tools of resistance on the online portal.

The main message of The Resistance Manual is that the power belongs to the people. Their mission outlined on the homepage: “There are more of us who believe in equity and justice than those who support Donald Trump’s ideology of fear and hate. Together, we can harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities”.


4. WhiteHouseInc.

If you tried to call the White House to ask some question or leave a message after Trump’s inauguration, most likely you heard the automated recording that comment line is “currently closed”. Although the answering machine add that “your comment is important to the President,” citizens are no longer able to directly connect with their government.

Now you can share your thoughts and concerns just on the White House’s website or Facebook page. But sending an emails and social media posts are different than having a full conversation. So there is another way to make your voice heard. White House Inc. is a digital tool that put a call through to a random Trump Hotel, Resort or Golf Course.

Property all over the world can be the Oval Office, when people need their President. You don’t have to googling to find phone numbers, the special program connects callers with a randomly selected Trump business. His managers reporting that they getting a lot of calls from people, who simply want to see that government respect their interests.

While citizens can’t use the White House comment line, they will struggle for decision of a vital questions by all accessible ways. The most important issues America is facing should have to be communicated back to the President, but today it feels like people shouting into the void.


5. Brigade

Sometimes the fact that the political discussion gradually passes to a social media can play into the hands of democracy. But if you will always post your opinion on the trending political issues on Facebook, then you risk to face a disputes and maybe even lose some of your online friends. You may avoid such trouble with the special digital tool that allows to research candidates’ personalities, to debate political issues and recruit votes.

There’s an app that use social networking to declare people’s beliefs, organize with others and take a social actions. Brigade unites you with friends, colleagues and people with the same interests to help one another understand what’s happening in the government.

The effect of this mobile app was especially noticeable, when Brigade launched an interactive ballot guide on election in San Francisco and Manchester in 2015. Then it showed the accurate election results for all candidates and measures matched the predictions of voters.

67 percent of a participations who used this ballot guide were young people. This applies particularly to those who grew up in a time when all affairs in any life sphere can be discussed and solved on the Internet. The millennial generation are really the most active users of social media. They value participating in a communities, volunteering and doing things to create their own future. Maybe they would become the most militant fighters for the good functioning democratic system?

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