Andy Beveridge’s Social Explorer has been named the Best Law Website in the 20th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Social Explorer’s Threat to Representation of Children and Non-Citizens project examines the potential impact that the Evenwel v. Abbott Supreme Court case could have had on representation around the nation (and still might depending on further legal challenges). The plaintiffs argued that redistricting should be based on the number of voters (citizens of voting age) instead of all residents. Professor and demographer Andrew Beveridge analyzed the effects of such a change in his special report. The award winning data visualization website Social Explorer (Beveridge is the co-founder and president) developed the companion interactive tool to illustrate how state legislative and congressional districts would need to change and which groups would be most affected.
“Social Explorer has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”
“Representation has been fundamental to US Democracy since the nation’s founding, and the Evenwel case posed a true threat. Our tool, which was used by hundreds of news outlets, community organizations and political groups, made it possible to bring that fact home to communities across the country,” said Beveridge.”
Dr. Beveridge is a leading redistricting expert who has worked on many New York State and local redistricting plans as well as working as an expert witness in several redistricting and voting rights cases.