This week, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) hosted a twitter chat (#civictech) to elevate the dialogue about the importance of civic engagement. Ximena Hartsock, co-founder of the D.C. based startup Phone2Action, was our featured panelist. The discussion focused on how communities can leverage the power of technology, how to make our voices heard, and mobilize communities to action.
Hartsock shared how new applications like NationBuilder and Phone2Action allow everyday people to connect with elected officials from mobile phones. In a few taps, you can engage with your elected official to share how you feel about an issue you care about.
This is not an issue of first impression for LATISM. LATISM has been engaging communities and raising awareness about issues paramount to the Hispanic community for some time. But considering that Latinos are the fastest adopters of mobile technology and are active participants in new media, having tech-entrepreneur and policy experts, Hartsock, join us was simply the right fit.
It is critical that accurate information reach every corner of the Latino community and that they become equipped with the tools needed to exercise good judgement and make the best decision based on their specific circumstances.
Here’s our link to the storify created from the civic engagement twitter chat: