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Sean Parker gets a conscience with his latest investment: A civic engagement startup

Napster cofounder and billionaire Sean Parker has raised a $9.3 million round of funding for new startup Brigade Media, according to an SEC doc filed today.

Brigade Media apparently aims to boost the level of civic engagement (such as voting) among U.S. residents, reports Politico. In addition to Parker, both Ron Conway and Marc Benioff are said to be participating in the round.

The report indicates that Parker will become the startup’s chairman and CEO, but other notable people in the tech industry will also be involved, such as Facebook’s Adam Conner, former Yahoo engineer John Thrall, and former LinkedIn SVP David Henke.

While the majority of political tech policy groups focused solely on federal issues, Politico’s sources say Brigade Media will also include issues at the state and local levels. The startup will focus on will be anything that makes it difficult for U.S. citizens to involve themselves indecisions being made by the government.

Parker has previously participated in other notable causes, such as investor and board member of civic startup NationBuilder.

We’re reaching out to Parker for additional information about Brigade Media and will update this post with any new details we learn.

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