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Screengrab: Hope launch video

A Siri-like chatbot called Hope wants to be your personal political advisor, and you can communicate with her directly through your phone starting today. The team at Purpose, a lab for "world-changing ideas and movements," created Hope to deliver personalized ways people can take political action based on breaking news. "Hope's motto is 'don't freak out, act smart,'" said Josh Hendler, Chief Technology Officer at Purpose and product lead for Hope.

How it works: Hope sends breaking news alerts to users via text message or on their phone's internet browser. Soon, it will be available on Facebook Messenger, Kik, and Android and iOS apps. Users can reply to Hope's news alerts by asking things like "How can I help?" which will then prompt Hope to provide information about local protests or gatherings in response to the news. The alerts are "evidence-based recommendations"

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Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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