Sean Parker, who changed the music industry as a teenager and then went onto have an early and formative role in Facebook, has long had one frontier that he’s wanted to change: American democracy.
Now he, Matt Mahan, and a team of engineers and product talent who have long worked at the intersection of technology and policy, are unveiling Brigade for the first time. It’s an app they’ve worked on for the last year that’s meant to quickly get regular people engaged in articulating and debating political positions.
If that sounds like a steep order for the Millennial generation, Brigade’s team has tried to tamp down expectations. They’ve tried to make the product as simple as possible as it enters private beta this week, so that it’s easy for lots of people to pick up.
Parker repeatedly stressed that Brigade’s current form was just a beta, and the company had been actively courting…
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