Digital Democracy is an effort to hack a 21st century government, and it involves facial recognition technology.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former state Senator Sam Blakeslee teamed up with Cal Poly students to create a video search engine, similar to Google, that Newsom says will put the citizen back where they belong: in power.
"We've forgotten about the importance of active participatory citizenship there tends to be in government a framework where you vote and guys like me decide and that world has given away to something radically different," Newsom said.
How it works: You type in a bill, lawmaker, legislative hearing and the program finds it. Blakeslee says it will allow the public to see correlations between money and issues:
"You lookout into that audience in the committee and time and again all you see looking back are lobbyists and people who have a very specific interest on how a bill is shaped and formed," Blakeslee said.
Right now, there’s about a week’s delay on hearings. Once there, it can all be shared through social media with the click of a button.
Click here for a link to Digital Democracy.