About this project
Discover an app that will help combat political polarization and break you out of your own personal filter bubbles! With this app, you can:
- see the partisan bias of your news sources,
- track your own political news bias over time,
- find high-quality news sources on the left and right, and
- get periodic reminders to read news from sources on "the other side"
Ignorance Isn't Bliss: The Filter Bubble Problem
We've been living in filter bubbles, and they've made it hard for us to understand people on "the other side." Our filter bubbles have strained family relationships and friendships, and they've polarized our society. In fact, the filter bubble problem is so big that even President Obama talked about it in his farewell address:
For too many of us it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods, or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions....
Popping Filter Bubbles
With your help, we'll build an app that fights this tendency toward insularity and makes it easier for people to get outside their filter bubbles. We're on Kickstarter because we know the creative community here has helped shape some of the best products on earth.
We want you to be involved as we create this app and put it out for the world to use. Your contribution will cover the cost of app development, which will enable us to build the Read Across the Aisle app and make it freely available—so that everyone can break out of their filter bubbles! And equally important, your input regarding how the app is designed and what news sources are included will ensure that we build the best product possible!
UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS!
Thanks to all our early backers, we are now funded! We'll be using additional funds to internationalize the app for use in the UK, Canada (English and French), and Australia. Want another country? Message us to get it in the queue! We estimate internationalization to cost roughly $750 per country, but no more than $5,000 total.
After internationalization comes Android and Chrome versions!
The idea for Read Across The Aisle came from a project we built called BeeLine Reader. We're using a bunch of code from that project (including some tech that makes reading on-screen faster), which gives us a great foundation for the Read Across The Aisle app. If you want more info on BeeLine Reader, which has won various awards from Stanford University, Dell Education, and The Tech Museum of Innovation, check out the links below.
We're a team that cares deeply about using technology for good. We hail from red states and blue states, have backgrounds in technology, law, education, and design, and have won international awards for socially-beneficial entrepreneurship. And like so many of you, in the wake of the recent elections we have turned our attention toward the problem of filter bubbles. Let's work together to build understanding and awareness!
Risks and challenges
When this gets funded, we'll get it built. We have a stellar iOS developer who has built other apps for us, and he's committed to getting the job done on this budget. He's familiar with the codebase we're building on top of (he wrote it!), so creating the new custom features for this app will be no problem for him.
In the event that an untimely illness befalls him, we'll find another developer and we'll personally cover any excess costs that may be required. We're planning to release the app within one month of Inauguration Day, which is on January 20. Final app release will require approval by the App Store, but we can't imagine Apple having a problem with this fairly straightforward reader app!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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