The California Accountability Project: Combining Cutting-Edge AI Technology With Traditional Reporting Methods

Learn how CalMatters and Cal-Poly are collaborating to transform the landscape of investigative and public policy journalism through their innovative project, the Accountability Desk. The Accountability Desk utilizes CalPoly’s Digital Democracy AI technology to examine voting and public records, and leverages CalMatters’ Glass House directory of California legislators to uncover unique insights. By harnessing the power of this sophisticated technology, the project is able to provide journalists with an unparalleled ability to observe, investigate, and report on important issues affecting California and its citizens. Through this groundbreaking collaboration, CalMatters and Cal-Poly are paving the way for a new era of data-driven investigative journalism that holds government officials accountable and empowers citizens with the information they need to make informed decisions.


Marc Lavallee
Director/Journalism, Knight Foundation

David Lesher
Senior Editor, CalMatters

Sapna Satagopan
Senior Product Director, CalMatters