Brigade Seeks To Reboot Political Engagement In America With Civic Social Media

Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change is quoted in The Huffington Post.

In June 2014, tech billionaire Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, announced he would invest $9.3 million dollars in Brigade, a new company that aims to "use social media to transform politics" and reignite civic engagement and activism in American life.

"In the last election in November, turnout was abysmal, even in so-called higher performing states," said Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change, in an interview. "We know from theU.S. Election Project that the eligible turnout rate was only 36 percent. It's been widely understood to be the lowest since World War II. Just 31 percent of all voters in California participated. Only 8.2 percent of eligible youth in California voted."

Read more at The Huffington Post.