Popvox is a non-partisan advocacy platform that aims to improve communication between US Congress, and trade and union organisations, as well as the general public on specific pieces of legislation.

Type of content: Assets
Type of asset:
Use case
Data source
Big data potential
Policy domains: Justice, Legal System & Public Safety
Phase in the policy cycle:
Policy Monitoring and Evaluation
Open license availability
Ease of use
Tags: Open Data Cooperative work
SWOT Analysis for
Helpful Harmful
Strengths• Select regulations that are open for official public comment.
• Advocacy groups, organizations and companies create a profile and register their positions endorsing or opposing bills or regulations.
• Individuals’ comment are delivered to legislators or federal agencies and are aggregated and displayed publicly on POPVOX.
• Provides a ground breaking independent metric for advocacy and a public, searchable record of advocacy.
• Aggregates, verifies, sorts, and counts opinions and delivers input to lawmakers in a transparent, structured format.
• Bringing transparency, efficiency, and accountability to policymaking
• Combines legislative data with personal reactions, delivering the users' opinions to governmental officials on policies
• User verification
• Allows individuals to manage and maintain online civic profiles, build their civic reputation, engage friends and have meaningful impact in the legislative process
Weaknesses• Inclusion of people from different sociodemographic backgrounds: Access and use of these platforms, in particular, might be difficult for marginalized groups in society as it requires skills and aptitude that are often out of their reach
• Increase public engagement
• Data privacy
Opportunities• Empower effective participation and create a transparent record that influences policy-making and fosters accountable, responsive governing.
• Increase public engagement
• Enhancing the public’s trust in the usefulness of online consultation
• Promote transparency
Threats• Equality of access: Not every household has access to internet due to its cost. If political participation is a right, and the Internet is required to participate, it follows that Internet access for that purpose should also be a right
• Marginalizing certain groups of the population: the cost of the equipment to access the platforms (e.g. smartphones, tablets, or computers) is a potential factor promoting exclusion.

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