ePluribus and Unum ID

ePluribus is powered by Unum ID, a state-of-the-art blockchain identity platform. Unum ID lets ePluribus users verify their identities to stand out from bots. Your representatives will know for sure that you're a verified constituent, not a foreign agent!

Try it out by adding your verified signature to the #SecureOurDemocracy petition above. As our official mascot George Washington says, Unum ID is the app Putin doesn't want you to have!

The similarity of the ePluribus and Unum ID logos reflects their deep connection:

Product

ePluribus lets you send official messages to your representatives at all levels of government. We have chatbots, a mobile app, a Chrome extension, and an embeddable widget.

(For information about how your representatives receive your message, please see our FAQ.)

Chatbots

These Facebook Messenger bots make it easy and fun to send messages to representatives (and candidates!). Click the pictures or names below to try them out.

Mobile App

The ePluribus mobile app literally puts your representatives in the palm of your hand. You send the message; we deliver it to their official inboxes.

Chrome Extension
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Send official messages to your representatives directly from Facebook, Twitter, and news sites.

The ePluribus Chrome extension integrates with Facebook and Twitter so you can turn your posts and tweets into official messages to your representatives. It's a seamless integration that allows you to speak your mind to your friends, followers, and representatives at the same time. ePluribus transforms social media from an echo chamber into a public forum.

ePluribus also integrates with millions of articles across 14 major U.S. news sites. Just like with the Facebook and Twitter integrations, you can contact your representatives without leaving the page. After installing the Chrome extension, just look for ePluribus at the end of articles:

Embeddable Widget

Are you a website owner? You can embed an ePluribus widget like this one on your own site with a single line of code:

About

Aidan and Liam McCarty

We're brothers on a mission to secure our democracy. We founded ePluribus to make it insanely easy for Americans to send official messages to their representatives and Unum ID to empower them to do so as verified constituents. ePluribus and Unum ID together stop bots and meddling from wreaking havoc on in our politics.

How did we get here?

We grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. Childhood in a swing state is bipartisan, caught between the worlds of the left and right. When we left for college, we found ourselves between two very different worlds. At Stanford, we witnessed a campus teeming with innovation but ignorant of politics. During a summer in DC, we experienced a city full of civics but decades behind in tech.

The chaos of 2016 galvanized us to connect Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and Middle America. Through over 200 conversations with legislators, staffers, activists, and everyday Americans, two problems emerged: (1) it’s hard to be heard by government and (2) online identity is broken. A stunning example: when the FCC received 21.7 million public comments about net neutrality, 94% were fake or duplicate (Pew, The Wall Street Journal).

ePluribus is a civic engagement platform that addresses problem (1) by providing a suite of tools: a mobile app, Chrome extension, and embeddable widget. These tools literally put representatives in the palm of your hand, from Trump down to your Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Unum ID is a blockchain identity platform that address problem (2) with a mobile app that lets people verify their identities and share personal data with unprecedented privacy and security. Each user’s data is stored ONLY on their device; there is literally no database. Since over 1 billion people were affected by data breaches in 2018, it’s hard to overstate how important this is.

We dream of a more secure, engaged, and unified democracy. Out of many, we are one.

Team
Aidan McCarty

Co-Founder

LinkedIn

Liam McCarty

Co-Founder

LinkedIn

Chris Boscolo

CTO

Jacob Singer

Senior Software Engineer

Bradley Hinson

Marketing Associate

Advisors
Greg Rosston

Director of Public Policy
Stanford University

LinkedIn

Nick Troiano

Executive Director
Unite America

LinkedIn

Riana Shah

Venture Capital Fellow
Pear VC

LinkedIn

Dan Kolkowitz

Former CTO
Identity Mind

LinkedIn

John deVadoss

Head of Development
NEO Blockchain

LinkedIn

FAQ
How do my representatives receive my message?

We deliver the message to your representatives' official systems. The mode of delivery varies by the type of representative, but they receive your message as if you contacted them directly through their website or another official channel.

For a message sent using our widget at the end of a news article, we include a link to that article at the beginning of the message so your representatives have the appropriate context. When you send a message with the mobile app, Chrome extension or widget, we show you exactly how your message will appear to your representatives.

Soon, we will also send you an email receipt for each message. This receipt will include information about how your message appears to your representatives.

Is ePluribus affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or news sites?

No. ePluribus provides functionality on top of those platforms but is not affiliated with them in any way. Those platforms have no access to the personal information you provide through ePluribus.

How does ePluribus handle my personal data?

We are committed to and passionate about data privacy. Our goal is to store as little information as possible. The only personal data we collect is what we explicitly ask for when you create your account, and we use this to send messages to representatives on your behalf and communicate with you. You can read more about this in our privacy policy and terms of service.

Do representatives need to use ePluribus to receive my messages?

No. Representatives receive your messages even if they have never heard of ePluribus, and they can respond to you by email.

Is using ePluribus on social media different than tagging representatives?

Yes. If you tag representatives on social media, they will likely never read what you write. When you post with ePluribus on social media, we send the text of the post as an official message to your representatives. They will receive it in their existing systems, just like if you filled out the contact forms on their websites.

How is ePluribus different than other civic engagement tools?

ePluribus is different in at least two crucial ways:

  1. It meets people where they already talk about politics: on social media and news sites. Other platforms (e.g. Countable, 5 Calls, and Brigade) are standalone, but ePluribus integrates with what people already use. Nearly half of Americans post about politics on social media.

  2. It will allow every user to verify their identity to prove they are a constituent (this feature is coming soon), making representatives far more likely to pay attention to their messages. Even the most prominent civic engagement tools (e.g. ResistBot, Democracy.io, and Change.org) have no identity verification, making it all too easy to spam representatives.

Why is identity verification important?

Identity fraud is wreaking havoc on our democracy. Fake accounts on social media are fueling misinformation campaigns both foreign and domestic, making it easier than ever to meddle in our politics. Fake messages are flooding representatives and federal agencies, drowning out the opinions of real Americans. For example, the FCC recevied 21.7 million public comments about net neutrality in 2017, but Pew Research found that 94% of them were fake or duplicate. The Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into this last December.

ePluribus is committed to stopping bots, lobbyists, spammers, and foreign agents from drowning out the voices of real people like you.

We the People

Like the country we call home, ePluribus is of the people, by the people, and for the people. Here, we pay tribute to some of the many people who've helped make ePluribus possible.

The signers of the document are below contributed at least $10 to our crowdfunding campaign. The more they contributed, the larger their name is. Colton Mallet, who contributed the largest amount, is our John Hancock!

We are extremely grateful to all of our crowdfunders, supporters, and fans. Thank you all!

of the United States, in order to better be heard, do ordain and establish ePluribus to equip democracy with 21st-century tools.
Eric SoNathaniel SimonJess FrySierra HansenHarrison BalistreriSeamus KraftEleanor CollierPatrick CasonMatthew DattilioAnnette EsquibelAnshul DhingraJim Best-DevereuxBasili PetropoulosJanell CutrerArmelle CoutantAnalese Steverson PughJack CollisonColton MalletRam Hari DahalDante Alvarado-LeonSophie BandarkarKinsey MorrisonNathan KongTheresa C. DavisSandra BehlerJulie IversonClaire McCartyRon WilliamsJason XiaoMatthew WiglerAditya Raj JainVipul SinghErin BourqueDan McCartyElizabeth McCartyMaeve McCartyNicole Sabina TiceaLaura & Shekhar SaneHristo StoyanovRich and Lena EngEdward GrammensNicholas FreyblerThe Rutlin FamilyDarryl BrownCliff Jepsen
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