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From 'smart cities' to 'smart citizens': when technology meets activism

From www.ouishare.net

Could the rise of the smart city be only the beginning of a dystopian future where we are ruled by corporations? Or could people become the smart citizens needed to use technology for the people and by the people? And if so, how can new digital tools be used to create smart citizens? 
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It's time to make govtech work for the public, not just technocrats

From www.wired.co.uk

A global govtech sector is emerging to make government more efficient. But is that always the best thing for democracy?
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This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of

From www.fastcompany.com

Urban Footprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions. 
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Could the open government movement shut the door on Freedom of Information?

From theconversation.com

During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
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Leveraging A City Budget for Smart Urban Reform

From meetingoftheminds.org

Transforming your city on a budget can foster a bottom-up approach to public policy and urban transformation. It can manifest a sort of direct democracy that empowers citizens, community groups, and local businesses to be change agents in their cities – and to work in collaboration with city officials to foster a vibrant city life. There are many ways citizens and governments can collaborate. Below are only a few modest, yet transformative, approaches for revolutionizing cities.
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Digital democracy: Steps towards equality or a road to gentrification?

From www.oecd-forum.org

Civic Tech and digital democracy have the potential to make dreams of engaged citizens and responsive governments working together a reality. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety, reflects on the risks of rushing into digital and how we can approach it for the benefit of all.
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Deep Listening to Map a Community’s Information Needs

From medium.com

At first glance, Oakland may be seen as a city with a thriving Spanish-language media scene. There are as many as four bilingual newspapers distributed in certain parts of town. Turn the radio dial and you will hear Spanish on several AM and FM stations, and there is nightly news on both Univisión and Telemundo. As one San Francisco-based ethnic media specialist told me, “when I think of news deserts, I don’t think of Oakland.”
But speak with the audiences of those outlets and you find much to be desired.

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Making participation more deliberative, and deliberation more participatory

From medium.com

5 takeaways from the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference
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The Power of Ecosystems for Problem-Solving · Living Cities

From www.livingcities.org

What do biological ecosystems have to do with promoting social change? In our work, using the metaphor of ecosystems has been a powerful tool for taking on complex and evolving problems.
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Waymo Makes Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet

From www.theatlantic.com

Autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020, if Waymo’s time line is correct.
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Where Does Data Fit in the Quest for Sustainable Cities?

From www.govtech.com

New technology and real-time analytics are helping cities use energy more wisely, while galvanizing support throughout the community.
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More Than A Coin: The Rise Of Civic Cryptocurrency

From thegovlab.org

From Bristol to Barcelona, cities around the globe are leading a revolution in the creation of complementary “civic currencies” — some digital, some physical — designed to promote local economic development, foster active citizenship, and invest in sustainability while building a sense of community cohesion.
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This is how puppets are promoting social change in Kenya

From www.one.org

The Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre uses puppetry to effectively communicate big issues.
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Can digital social innovations tackle big challenges?

From theconversation.com

Even as digital social innovations (DSI) are booming in Europe, obstacles remain for their being able to provide effective solutions to the big challenges of our times.
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What It Means To Lead An Inclusive City In 2018–And Into The Future

From www.fastcompany.com

In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf is leading the exceptionally diverse city through a period of unprecedented growth and investment–while trying to create an ethos of inclusion.
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Victoria mayor calls Facebook a ‘toxic chamber,’ says she’s pulling the plug

From www.timescolonist.com

Saying it’s become a toxic echo chamber rather than a place for civil discourse, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps is quitting Facebook. “When I started this job as mayor and when I was a councillor, . . .
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Detroit's Dubious Civic Tech Champions

From civichall.org

Like other for-profit civic technology companies, Loveland sits at an uncomfortable intersection of priorities. Since its inception, Loveland has struggled to reconcile what its founders think the city needs with what community organizers and residents want and need and what nonprofits, government agencies, and companies are willing to buy.
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Amazon Go and the Death of the Neighborhood Supermarket

From www.citylab.com

Supermarkets are community anchors. Amazon’s “just walk out” version embodies a disconcerting social transformation.
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Dying for Uber and Lyft's Secrets, Cities Get Creative

From www.wired.com

Researchers want to know how ride-hailing companies are affecting their streets, but don't have much information to help them.
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Crowdsourcing is a step forward in citizen participation

From www.democracy-international.org

This year's Digital Democracy Day, initiated by ECAS, focused on the question of how crowdsourcing can improve and simplify citizen participation at both local and EU level. By Melissa Ihlow
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Wrapping up an amazing year with the 16 cities in the Smart Cities Collaborative

From t4america.org

A few weeks ago, leaders from 16 cities met in Los Angeles for the last of four meetings in our inaugural yearlong Smart Cities Collaborative.
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