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Capitl is a tool for aggregating, understanding, and interacting with objective and highly credible political journalistic releases. Capitl’s purpose is to inform the public as well as get users involved in changing how their government works and is understood.

User’s political leanings are documented and broken down into visual descriptions that allow users to see small issues making up larger more complicated issues. Capitl tracks a user’s political views over time by monitoring how he or she interacts with articles (answering questions, checking facts, and commenting). Users can compare their personal data with others to find out if their readings are compatible and how credible another person’s writings may be.

Capitl encourages its users to crowd-source political journalism. Users can fact check and offer responses to specific articles. These responses and personal writings are more visible depending on how informed Capitl deems that user to be. If someone has had very little interaction with Capitl, their writings will be marked as less credible than a user who has read many articles containing multiple views. The more one participates, aggregates content, and contributes to other’s initiatives the more credible that user is within the Capitl community.

One’s homepage is populated by articles that relate to various subjects of the user’s choosing. Over time Capitl learns which areas the user is interested in and presents articles within that subject. Users can create local policy changing initiatives with Capitl as a platform for community and financial backing. Users can follow these local initiatives or topics areas and are kept up to date with any changes. This provides a dialogue between users consuming data and the policy makers producing it. Just as with any other article presented on Capitl, users can fact check, annotate and provide feedback on these user created civic initiatives.