Committee Caller - Asterisk-Based Democracy Phones Home
Note: Love it, what a great idea and project that uses Asterisk and helps cut through some of the "redtape". I think I am going to take it for a test drive with this FCC vote happening today. Media consolidation is not good for democracy and I think both sides can agree they want more not less options for getting information.
An NYU student has launched CommitteeCaller.com, a Web site that makes it easier for taxpayers to get in touch with their elected representatives. What a great use of technology in the furtherance of Democracy.
This site works like this:
CommitteeCaller.com is a site that allows one person to target an entire congressional committee over the phone. The web application utilizes the open source Asterisk PBX system to connect you to every senator or house member on a particular committee. No more digging around the 'net entering zip-codes to retrieve phone numbers of representatives—CommitteeCaller.com automates the tedium of repetitively dialing your favorite politicians.
Select a committee, enter in your phone number and click "Put me in touch with democracy!" and you'll be called by our system and sequentially patched through to the front office of each member on that committee. You can even rate how each call went—information that will enable us to rank representatives on how accountable and responsive they are to their constituents.