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Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Organizing During a Pandemic

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Activist and political organizer Katie Fahey in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the subject of how to organize during a pandemic. Katie used social media to fight gerrymandering in Michigan, creating Voters Not Politicians. Now she runs The People, a national non-profit dedicated to democratic reform. Katie will speak about how the Internet can be used as a force for change, especially during our current public health crisis.

Location: Streaming video

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Microtargeting

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Federal election commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub in conversation with professor Sam Wang on the topic of microtargeting. Experts argue that microtargeting fractures civil society by creating separate digital realities for each of us, which can be problematic during a pandemic. Commissioner Weintraub will explain what microtargeting is, why it's worrying to democracy, and what concerned citizens can do about it.

Location: Streaming video

Fixing Bugs in Democracy: Gerrymandering

Organizer: Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Professor Sam Wang will virtually host bestselling author Dave Daley to discuss gerrymandering. Dave just published "Unrigged: How Americans are Battling Back to Save Democracy." Dave will speak about the fight for fair districts, and about where activists can go from here.

Location: Streaming video

Princeton Gerrymandering Project

Sam Wang is the director of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

Meet the reformer: Sam Wang, a professor of fair redistricting math

Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton, where he's been on the faculty 14 years and focuses on how the brain processes sensory, cognitive and emotional information. But he's also part of the university's Program in Law and Public Affairs. He created the Princeton Election Consortium in 2008 to come up with statistical models for predicting presidential and Senate results based on polling. And after the last nationwide redistricting, in 2012, he created the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. Today he and his seven-member team run a website that permits voters to use mathematical models to decide if where they live is in an unfairly skewed legislative or congressional district. His answers have been edited for clarity and length.

What's the tweet-length description of your organization?

Combining data, tech and law to help citizens make district lines fairer and eliminate bugs from democracy.

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