Does your vote count? The Electoral College explained
You vote, but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state’s electoral vote in different ways—and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels.
How (and why) Russia hacked the U.S. election
Hacking, fake news, information bubbles…all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.
What if we replaced politicians with randomly selected people?
If you think democracy is broken, here’s an idea: let’s replace politicians with randomly selected people. Author and activist Brett Hennig presents a compelling case for sortition democracy, or random selection of government officials—a system with roots in ancient Athens that taps into the wisdom of the crowd and entrusts ordinary people with making balanced decisions for the greater good of everyone. Sound crazy? Learn more about how it could work to create a world free of partisan politics.
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