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Digital Democracy Project Unleashes Oversight and Accountability on CA Legislature

April 25, 2016

Katy Grimes

"Now Digital Democracy Platform has launched new interactive features for 2016 to their open government platform including legislative floor sessions to the searchable archive, an email alert system, organization profiles, and custom video storing and editing capabilities, enhancing and expanding Digital Democracy’s efficacy."

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Charter California Edition Interviews Sam Blakeslee

August 20, 2015

Brad Pomerance

California Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews CA Senator Sam Blakeslee (Ret.) about Digital Democracy.

Bringing California’s Government Up To Speed on Digital Technology

May 18, 2015

The Times Editorial Board

"A new online initiative, DigitalDemocracy.org, shows Californians exactly what they are missing and provides a blueprint for how to build it…and even in an unfinished state it's light years ahead of the state's online offerings."

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Making Government More Like Google

May 12, 2015

Timm Herdt

"The concept is inspiring, potentially revolutionary: Make Access to government as convenient as scouting out homes on Zillow, or shopping on Amazon."

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Digital Transparency Finally Comes to California’s Capitol

May 11, 2015

Editorial

"Called Digital Democracy, the nonprofit project and its website promise to do wonders to promote citizen access to government and the legislative process."

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Returning Power to the People Through Technology

May 10, 2015

Carl Guardino

"Now, for the first time, Californians can instantly access this information. Thanks to the ingenuity of some of our state's brightest students and passionate civic leaders, a revolutionary new project launched earlier this week."

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New Digital Platform for California Legislature

May 8, 2015

Adam Sneed

"The ambition is to peel back the curtain on that state legislature’s often opaque operations — including through facial and voice recognition of lobbyists and others trying to shape bills."

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Making Democracy More Accessible to Millennials and Everyone Else

May 8, 2015

Mariel Garza

"You’d think some of the innovation that spews daily from Silicon Valley would have spilled over into the state’s capital. That’s why digitaldemocracy.org... is so very welcome. The site opened officially to the public this week. And, for those of us interested in the goings on in the Capitol, it’s pretty fabulous."

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Gavin Newsom Launches Google-like Engine for Lawmaking

May 7, 2015

Marco della Cava

"Technology has brought enormous changes to the way we shop and socialize. Now it may begin to have an impact on something far more fundamental: the way we govern."

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Transparency at the Capitol, online at last

May 7, 2015

Editorial

"...the public often is in the dark, and until now, people outside the inner circle of government have had few tools to help shine light on the process."

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Gavin Newsom Launches a Site for State Legislative Videos

May 7, 2015

Josh Richman

"A new website combining legislative hearing videos and transcripts, information on bills, and data on contributions and gifts to lawmakers in an easy-to-use way was rolled out Wednesday."

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Former Sen. Sam Blakeslee Launch 'Digital Democracy'

May 7, 2015

News Staff

"Developed by students at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), the system uses voice and facial recognition algorithms as it mines video of government hearings."

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Closing the Gap Between Us and Sacramento

May 7, 2015

Editorial

"We lament at times the amount of trivial information and entertainment that dominates the Internet these days. But DigitalDemocracy.org is just the opposite — a powerful tool that brings the distant world of state government right into our homes. We hope that the citizenry makes use of it."

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California Launches Digital Democracy Project

May 7, 2015

Bailey McCann

"Digital Democracy uses voice and facial recognition, data mining and natural language processing to offer Californians access to state legislative hearings with a Google-like search."

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Former Sen. Sam Blakeslee Launch 'Digital Democracy'

May 7, 2015

News Staff

"In what could be a glimpse into the future of transparency technology, California Lt. Gov. Newsom and former Sen. Blakeslee on May 6 launched “Digital Democracy,” an interactive platform that enables users to conduct detailed searches of legislative video footage."

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Newsom, Blakeslee Unveil Digital Tool on Government Meetings

May 6, 2015

Judy Lin

"Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee have teamed up with computer scientists to create a video search engine that they say will lift the shroud on government by allowing people to see, read and share what their representatives are doing in the state Capitol."

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New Technology Facilitates Transparency, Openness in CA State Govt.

May 6, 2015

Katy Grimes

"‘Transparency’ is probably the most overused word in political speech, while at the same time, the most underutilized in practice. In a free society, transparency in government means openness, accountability, and honesty.  It is the obligation of government to share information with citizens, yet is increasingly difficult to access – even in California, home to Silicon Valley."

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New Online Tool Will Help Public Easily See Lobbyist Connections to Bills

May 6, 2015

Melody Gutierrez

"Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee have teamed up with computer scientists to create a video search engine that they say will lift the shroud on government by allowing people to see, read and share what their representatives are doing in the state Capitol."

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Hacking a 21st Century Government

May 6, 2015

Op Ed by Blakeslee and Newsom

"The way citizens interact with their government needs an update for the 21st century. This is exactly why this new advocacy tool is so important."

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Digital Democracy will Empower Californians

May 6, 2015

Op Ed by Blakeslee and Newsom

"This first-of-its-kind, online tool harnesses the power of video and social media to open up the halls of government and empower everyday citizens like never before."

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The Riggs Report: Peeling Back the Dome

May 6, 2015

Kevin Riggs

"(Sam Blakeslee) wants to promote greater transparency when it comes to how the Capitol and his former colleagues operate. And he’s doing it with the help of some whiz kids from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo."

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Digital Democracy

May 6, 2015

Kaitlin Lewis

"Digital Democracy is an effort to hack a 21st century government, and it involves facial recognition technology."

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New Technology Makes Sacramento Politics More Transparent

April 25, 2015

Joe Garogoli

"Blakeslee and a team of scientists at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have created a way to track lobbyists, what they say, and how they influence the political process in Sacramento."

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A Dream of Empowering Individuals

January 12, 2015

Sam Blakeslee

The California dream is, and has always been, about the ability for everyone here to fully realize their potential and pursue happiness in a land of unsurpassed beauty and opportunity. Unfortunately, for many Californians this dream is out of reach, evidenced by the nation’s highest poverty rate, underperforming schools, and a flight of middle-class jobs. To revive the California dream, we must hold fast to three simple words: Empower the individual.

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Institute of Advanced Technology and Public Policy receives $1.2 million grant to ‘open government’ program

January 9, 2015

Lindsy Mobly

Want to keep tabs on what your legislature is doing about funding bus transportation or implementing a carbon tax but you can’t afford to hire someone to go to committee hearings? If you’re in California, you’re in luck. Or at least you will be soon.

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Sam Blakeslee Think Tank Yields Solutions

January 4, 2015

Nick Wilson

Two years since its founding, a civic-minded think tank started by former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee has raised millions of dollars for its ventures and plans to produce tangible results on three major projects this year.  The nonpartisan Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy housed at Cal Poly is in the midst of implementing the first phases of three programs that aim to tackle large problems facing society.

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Promising new tool will allow public to easily search the dealings of Sacramento lawmakers

December 29, 2014

Randol White

This first-in-the-nation system will work by using voice and face recognition software to convert video files of state government meetings into searchable text-based documents. The Institute's founder and former San Luis Obispo County legislator Dr. Sam Blakeslee will oversee the project. He says it will help California citizens become and stay better informed.

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Project to make searchable database of California legislative hearings

December 22, 2014

Jim Miller

There are thousands of hours’ worth of California legislative committee hearings available for viewing – if someone knows where to look. By next spring, though, it could get a lot easier to track down the quotation needle in the testimony haystack. The Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, a California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, think tank headed by former Republican lawmaker Sam Blakeslee, has received $1.2 million for its Digital Democracy project from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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Searchable Legislative Video Archive Gets Funded in California

December 18, 2014

Brian Heaton

Two years since its founding, a civic-minded think tank started by former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee has raised millions of dollars for its ventures and plans to produce tangible results on three major projects this year.  The nonpartisan Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy housed at Cal Poly is in the midst of implementing the first phases of three programs that aim to tackle large problems facing society.

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Tech Startup Hopes to Make Government More Transparent

August 8, 2014

Ricky Camilleri

Laura Gómez and Sam Blakeslee talk with Ricky about how they hope to make government more transparent.

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Tech to Open the Legislative Sausage Factory

July 29, 2014

Patrick Marshall

Want to keep tabs on what your legislature is doing about funding bus transportation or implementing a carbon tax but you can’t afford to hire someone to go to committee hearings? If you’re in California, you’re in luck. Or at least you will be soon.

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Meet Sam Blakeslee: The Policy Entrepreneur

July 10, 2014

Anthony Byrne

As a person with a keen interest in politics, I recently read about the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP). This non-profit organization, civic-orientated think tank seems to be unique in its purpose: harnessing the power of modern technologies to disrupt the obstacles facing legislators and policy-makers to fundamentally reinvent a civic marketplace of solutions. But with no shortage of university public policy programs or nonprofit think tanks churning out commentary, reports and analysis, why does this organization hold any more promise than others out there? The answer, I believe, is in their founder.

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Searchable Video May Bolster Government Transparency in California

July 9, 2014

Brian Heaton

A new online tool that combines video archiving with social engagement could usher in a new era of legislative transparency in California.

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Rising Stakes in the Quest to Harness Ocean Power

July 1, 2014

Josie Garthwaite

As To some, this presents an opportunity. “California has significant infrastructure designed specifically for taking power from the coast to inland,” said Sam Blakeslee, founding director of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. In addition to the anticipated retirement of some coastal power plants, Blakeslee said, oil platforms that now dot the coastline of Southern California will dwindle over time, too. “The infrastructure — ports, service fleets, marine vehicles are in place for hydrocarbon production offshore California,” Blakeslee said, and it’s ripe for re-use by the ocean power industry.

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Technology Pulls Back the Political Curtain

June 26, 2014

Sam Blakeslee

When I left the legislature 18 months ago, I confess I left feeling unsatisfied. I felt this way for conflicting reasons. On one hand, my experience behind the curtain gave me such insight, clarity and passion about where I wanted to focus my policy and reform efforts. But at the same time, the pointless institutional and partisan barriers to getting things done continually frustrated me.

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Technology Disrupts the Political Status Quo

June 22, 2014

Sam Blakeslee

Politicians talking about reforming themselves is like the fox promising to do a better job of guarding the henhouse. This year, the Legislature was hit with a string of scandals. In response, legislators moved to introduce a package of reforms. Unfortunately, these proposals do little more than fine-tune the status quo.

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Blue is the New Green: How Oceans Could Power the Future

March 26, 2014

Ari Phillips

Blakeslee wants to help develop and spread the potential transformative benefits of emerging technologies rather than get bogged down by laws, regulations, and standards that can actually impede the application of such innovations. And after signaling its interest in giving up to $40 million to the expansion of wave energy technologies — pending Congressional approval — its seems DOE is pursuing the same type of paradigm-shifting innovation.

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New Tools to Watchdog Democracy

January 2014

Camas Frank

A former State Legislator is hoping to shed some light on some of the shadier practices in Sacramento.  “I’ve seen lobbyists walk up to an assemblyman or senator making remarks, whisper in there ear for a second and hand over a folder full of talking points before sitting back down and nodding as each point was read verbatim,” said former California State Senator Sam Blakeslee. 

Former State Sen. Sam Blakeslee Founds Technology Policy Institute

January 29, 2014

Lloyd Levine

I served with Senator Blakeslee when we were both in the Assembly, and worked closely with him when I chaired the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, a subject matter that was of keen interest to both of us. Recently I interviewed the Senator about his decision to step away, why he founded the institute, and what he hopes to accomplish.

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Charter California Edition Interviews Sam Blakeslee

January 27, 2014

Brad Pomerance

As a person with a keen interest in politics, I recently read about the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP). This non-profit organization, civic-orientated think tank seems to be unique in its purpose: harnessing the power of modern technologies to disrupt the obstacles facing legislators and policy-makers to fundamentally reinvent a civic marketplace of solutions. But with no shortage of university public policy programs or nonprofit think tanks churning out commentary, reports and analysis, why does this organization hold any more promise than others out there? The answer, I believe, is in their founder.

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Cal Poly Institute to Explore Sites for Wave Energy Testing

January 13, 2014

Nick Wilson

A Cal Poly-related study that could help shape the future of wave energy will explore two possible test sites over the next year.  The institute, established by former Sen. Sam Blakeslee, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to assess the feasibility of a grid-connected wave energy test site. 

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California Seeks Wave-Energy Facility

January 9, 2014

Morgan Lee

As a person with a keen interest in politics, I recently read about the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP). This non-profit organization, civic-orientated think tank seems to be unique in its purpose: harnessing the power of modern technologies to disrupt the obstacles facing legislators and policy-makers to fundamentally reinvent a civic marketplace of solutions. But with no shortage of university public policy programs or nonprofit think tanks churning out commentary, reports and analysis, why does this organization hold any more promise than others out there? The answer, I believe, is in their founder.

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California Waves Could Be Turned into Electricity

December 12, 2013

Cameron Polson

As a person with a keen interest in politics, I recently read about the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP). This non-profit organization, civic-orientated think tank seems to be unique in its purpose: harnessing the power of modern technologies to disrupt the obstacles facing legislators and policy-makers to fundamentally reinvent a civic marketplace of solutions. But with no shortage of university public policy programs or nonprofit think tanks churning out commentary, reports and analysis, why does this organization hold any more promise than others out there? The answer, I believe, is in their founder.

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Cal Poly Gets Grant to Study Putting Wave Energy Facility in California

December 11, 2013

David Sneed

Cal Poly will receive a grant of up to $750,000 from the federal Department of Energy to assess the feasibility of locating a wave energy facility in California. 

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Cal Poly Wins Dept. of Energy Grant, Will Research Ocean Wave Power

December 11, 2013

Shaun Kahmann

The race is on to see which state can prove it is the ideal testing ground for a new Department of Energy (DoE) initiative to harness the power of ocean waves to produce a green source of renewable energy, and Cal Poly has put California in the running.  

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Cal Poly Snags $750,000 Grant to Blaze New Frontier in Wave Energy

December 9, 2013

Debra Gruszecki

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive a grant of up to $750,000 to study the prospects of locating a national wave energy test facility in California.

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Poly Institute Making Waves

December 2013

Camas Frank

The idea of tidal energy production off the Pacific Coast has taken a step closer to reality.  The first of three projects by the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy is making some headway.

Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy's Wave Energy Project Nets $750,000 Dept. of Energy Research Grant

December 9, 2013

Press Release

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo’s Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy has been selected to receive a grant of up to $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assess the feasibility of locating a National Wave Energy Test Facility in California (CalWave).

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Answering Tomorrow's Questions

Winter 2013

Maddie Dunlap

After serving for eight years in the state legislature, Sam Blakelsee found the state’s major problems were not being solved.  As a scientist always looking for a solution, Dr. Blakeslee founded Cal Poly’s Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy.

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New Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly

October 16, 2013

Christina Favuzzi

Former State Senator Sam Blakeslee is looking to Cal Poly students for solutions to statewide public policy issues.  Blakeslee is the founder of the Institute of Advanced Technology and Public Policy. This new institute uses student and faculty ideas to find new ways to improve public policy through advanced technology.

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Cal Poly Unveils a Blakeslee Public Policy Institute

October 16, 2013

Matt Fountain

Cal Poly’s latest undertaking pledges to bridge the gap between technology wonks and often-myopic legislators, founded and led by the Central Coast’s former state senator, Sam Blakeslee.  University President Jeffrey Armstrong announced on Oct. 9 the official unveiling of the new Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, which Cal Poly promises will be multidisciplinary and—importantly—nonpartisan.

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Bridging the Gap between Academia and Sacramento

October 16, 2013

Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology

COAST collaborated with State Senator Sam Blakeslee and his staff at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy at Cal Poly SLO, the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences at Cal Poly SLO and the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay to bring the “Connecting Science to Sacramento: The Role of Science in Policymaking” event to fruition.

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Charles Munger Jr. Speaks on the Art of Political Reform

October 11, 2013

Joel Fox

Munger was interviewed by former state senator Sam Blakeslee, now director of the Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Blakeslee said political reform is achieved by changing the rules that politics runs by. According to Blakeslee, the political system produces behaviors that determine political outcomes. If citizens are dissatisfied with the political direction fostered by the current political processes, then they must change the rules. Blakeslee argued the goal of reform was not to stop special interests but rather to overwhelm special interests by generating civic engagement by the public so the people are driving the agenda.  

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A Man in Money and Politics

October 11, 2013

Patrick Pemberton

Charles Munger Jr. was one of several speakers invited to speak at Cal Poly on Friday in an event sponsored by the university’s Advanced Technology and Public Policy Institute. The organization, founded by former state legislator Sam Blakeslee, purports to develop practical solutions to social issues through the use of advanced technology.

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Tech, Public Policy Unite at Cal poly

October 10, 2013

Tribune Staff

Cal Poly is creating an Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy to develop practical solutions to social issues through the use of advanced technology, President Jeffrey Armstrong announced Wednesday. The interdisciplinary institute, founded and led by former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, has received a $1 million gift from an unnamed donor to help fund applied research and to create new teaching and learning opportunities. 

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Cal Poly Taps Sam Blakeslee to Launch New Multidisciplinary Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy

October 9, 2013

Press Release

The interdisciplinary institute, which already has three projects up and running, aims to develop practical solutions to societal issues by informing statewide public policy through advanced technology. The institute has already received a generous gift of $1 million that will help enable applied research and create new teaching and learning opportunities for faculty and students

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