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Save Democracy! With Conference Calls!

A project in Washington, DC by Melissa Ryan

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I'm launching a speaker series about fake news and the alt right, featuring experts in media, tech, civil society & national security.
Backers: 256
Average Pledge Per Backer: $91

Funded: $23,401 of $21,880
Dates: Jul 23rd -> Aug 22nd (30 days)
Project By: Melissa Ryan
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Latest News

We did it!!!!!!!

August 22nd - via:
I’m pleased to report that the funding phase of Factual Democracy Project’s Inaugural Call Series is now complete. Thank you so much for backing this project. Because of your support we closed out 106% funded from 256 backers. Factual Democracy... (Read More)

Fully Funded

August 21st - via:
I'm pleased to report that Factual Democracy Project is now fully funded, with 25 hours to spare. This series of calls will now happen for sure and it's all because of your support. Thank you for backing this project and supporting the work. Thank... (Read More)

The Final Countdown

August 21st - via:
Big news: The amazing Ruth Ann Harnisch has backed Factual Democracy Project as our Civic Sponsor: This series is made possible in part thanks to the generous Civic Sponsorship of Ruth Ann Harnisch, an activist investor using private funds to... (Read More)


August 17th - via:
I'm a bit overwhelmed right now, in a good way. The past 3 days have been the most exciting streak of fundraising yet. Because of your support, we're now 78% pledged. With just 4 days left that's a good place to be. We're not there yet, but we have... (Read More)


August 15th - via:
We're in the homestretch. As of right now, we're 64% to goal with 99 backers. There are just six days left to get funded. I'm nervous but also confident we'll get there. Thank you for supporting Factual Democracy Project, for sharing it on social... (Read More)

New Supporter News

August 8th - via:
Yesterday was our biggest fundraising day since launch! Here are three reasons why: Action Network came on board as a patron sponsor AmericaBlog emailed our campaign to their list Kickstarter featured this as a "Project We Love" Thank you to Action... (Read More)

Announcement: Bots & Computational Propaganda Speakers

August 7th - via:
I'm excited to announce the speaker lineup for our first call, Bots & Computational Propaganda: Jonathon Morgan Renée DiResta Shireen Mitchell Lisa-Maria Neudert The lineup is out of this world! Jonathon Morgan co-created the Hamilton 68... (Read More)

Update: Single Call Rewards Added

August 2nd - via:
First, thank you so much for your continued support and sharing of this project! Yesterday was another big day. We're now at 50 backers, more than $5,000 pledged, and 25% to goal! Second, I wanted to update you on some additional rewards that I just... (Read More)

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August 2nd - via:
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Update #5: Conspiracy Theories

August 1st - via:
By now you've probably seen the news about the lawsuit alleging that Trump and Fox News conspired to spread a fake news story about the murder of Seth Rich. I mention it because one of our members only calls is devoted to this very topic. Wednesday,... (Read More)

Update #4: Sponsors

July 31st - via:
Fenton has signed on as our first call sponsor! They'll be sponsoring the final call in this series, What we know about Disinformation & Persuasion on November 21. Raw Story has signed on as a Patron Founding member.  I'm excited to have Fenton... (Read More)

Update #3 All the buzzy buzz

July 29th - via:
Last night Crooks & Liars featured Factual Democracy Project on their front page.  C&L was one of the first political blogs I started reading. It's a thrill for them to feature me and give this Kickstarter their stamp of approval! I also... (Read More)

Update #2: What I've been working on

July 28th - via:
The news cycle has been breakneck this week, but that hasn't stopped me. I've been working quietly in the background to get the schedule of calls finalized.  Open to public and press:  Wednesday, September 12, 1 PM EDT Bots & Computational... (Read More)

Day one. Thank you so much!

July 24th - via:
I want to thank everyone for their early support. We're just over 24 hours in and already at 11% to goal.  One fun thing from the analytics. 42% of dollars pledged so far came from a Twitter referral link. Which makes sense because some heavy... (Read More)

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