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Federman tracking Trump policy pledges

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

With the beginning of a new administration, Sam Altman and his team at Track Trump, which includes PhD student Peter Federman (pictured here), put together a new tool that allows citizens to have the ability to understand and follow in real-time policy changes that will affect their lives.

Over Trump's first 100-day period, Track Trump has been tracking and documenting the policies put into place by the Trump administration. The project concentrates on tracking the specific policy pledges from the Trump campaign's "Contract with the American Voter."

The goals of Track Trump are as follows:

  1. Isolate actual policy changes from rhetoric and political theater, avoiding covering tweets, public statements, and anything else that distracts from actual policy as much as possible.
  2. Utilize a digital dashboard to accurately and concisely track and communicate those changes. Evaluating progress against stated goals in an easy-to-digest way works well in the business world, and Track Trump is optimistic it will be helpful here.
  3. Hold the current administration accountable for the promises they have made to the American voter.

Track Trump hopes to build a resource that is useful to all people, regardless of political viewpoint, who are interested in monitoring the accomplishments of the incoming administration in an unfiltered manner.

Track Trump is coordinated by Sam Altman (Y-Combinator), Peter Stanley Federman (University of Kansas doctoral student), Greg Koberger (ReadMe.io), and Alec Baum (former Hillary for America organizer) and can be found at www.track-trump.com and https://twitter.com/track_trump.

The dashboard is directly related to a book chapter Peter wrote, and it has the potential to be a stellar example of academic theory being put into practice. The Daily Kansan wrote an article featuring Peter.

Other articles that have been written about the project include articles on these websites:


Ruth DeWitt, Communications Manager
KU School of Public Affairs and Administration
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