As evidenced in The Mueller Report over 80,000 propaganda posts reached an estimated 126 million people, active measures intended to interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections. From media reports and the important documentary “The Great Hack”, Cambridge Analytica used data from millions of Facebook users to target impressionable voters to elect Trump and pass Brexit.
We launched civ.works a non-profit Facebook alternative in 2017, and we are currently re-engineering the platform to provide a better, easier experience for our subscribing individuals, groups, and media partners.
At a time in which we must all work together to overcome vast wealth concentration and inequality to oppose the corruption and fascism embraced within the Trump administration – we are working as fast as we can to help organize and empower people.
Civ.works is a core project from Civic Works, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on delivering technology and media for societal good.
The civ.works project, is an ad-free social network and organizing platform built for the resistance and beyond. Our work has been covered by The Guardian and The New York Times. And Prof. Noam Chomsky weighed in on our work: “It is a great pleasure to welcome civ.works. It’s a wonderful idea, with great promise to provide a platform for meaningful civic action without the severely distorting interference of concentrated power, private or state. Civ.works is insulated from the forces that have been so destructive of functioning democracy and is readily available for the kinds of constructive use that are so badly needed today.” We combine the powerful forces of meaningful and effective civic actions, with news and a privacy-protected social network. We are in the midst of a re-engineering effort intended to provide a better experience for subscribing individuals, groups, and media.
We have produced a book: “Orange is The New Orange: Our Big Book of Impeachment”. For those not wanting to read 448 pages of the redacted Mueller Report (or Impeachment Referral to Congress), we’ve summarized the key passages.
Over two-hundred pointedly powerful short passages from The Mueller Report that should remove any reasonable doubt that the Trump/Pence administration is a corrupt criminal enterprise requiring impeachment, indictment, and imprisonment.
The introduction was written by Allan M. Garten, retired from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, where he served as Chief of the White-Collar Crime Unit and later Senior Counsel.
And we are working on a film project: “Democracy is Speaking”. Modeled after Conservation International’s “Nature is Speaking” series -we are working on a collection of short (60-90 second) films based upon the premise that we have pushed our aspirations of democracy to the very edge of the cliff. We seek to present a shared, coherent vision of what a healthy, thriving democracy should look like, with focus on issues such as economic fairness, education, healthcare, voting rights, immigration, race and gender justice, reproductive rights, human rights, civil rights, environmental justice and climate action.
George A. Polisner is the founder of the non-profit Civic Works. Prior to founding Civic Works George worked in product development, performance engineering, service design and management at Oracle Corporation. He published his resignation letter from Oracle as a protest when the co-CEO of Oracle joined the Trump Administration’s transition team. His letter was covered by major news outlets and was viewed over 350,000 times.