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How army of drones and robots could make Leeds the world’s first self-repairing city

From www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

Leeds could become the first ‘self-repairing city’ in the world by 2035 as robotics engineers work on developing drones that can prevent potholes. 

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Singapore made innovation go viral in its public service

From apolitical.co

Singapore is one of the most innovative governments in the world. Here's how it's teaching its entire civil service innovation tools.
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Civic Technologist Builds National Toys for Tots Map

From www.govtech.com

John Kramlich, a member of the St. Louis civic tech group OpenSTL, has built what appears to be the first online map of nationwide Toys for Tots drop-off locations, and the site has already seen significant traffic.
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The smart city conferences to check out in 2019

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Next year has a full slate of industry conferences, featuring conversations with top public and private officials on the pressing issues facing cities.
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Bad landlord? In NYC, coders made apps to aid the fight

From realestate.boston.com

In New York City, coders are building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants who have bad landlords.

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Albuquerque's Digital Integrated Development Ordinance launches

From ido.abc-zone.com

Albuquerque's Digital Zoning Code launches, includes interactive guides that provide personalized answers to resident's zoning questions as downloadable PDFs

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Welcome to the neighbourhood. Have you read the terms of service?

From www.cbc.ca

Toronto is becoming a test bed for new smart-city technology, but some observers are concerned about the privacy of the data the city would be collecting.
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If smart cities center around data collection, why is water left out?

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Despite many cities experiencing droughts, data on water availability, storage and use is surprisingly sparse — even in tech-forward states like California. 
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First Lobbyists, Eventually Voters: How A Legislation-Tracking Platform Could Boost Civic Engagement

From hypepotamus.com

When Civic Eagle, a platform that allows users to track specific legislation, didn't see engagement as a B2C company, they pivoted to a B2B model.
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Harnessing the Power of Narrative and Storytelling for Social Impact

From blog.codingitforward.com

“What’s your superpower?” asked my mentor Seamus Kraft, the Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation, on our very first phone call. I paused for ten seconds and hesitated to answer the question…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Civic Technologists Work to Educate, Mobilize Voters

From www.govtech.com

Plus, CityLab hosts largest-ever gathering of local gov CIOs; Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomes new hub for VR and AR tech; and Louisville, Ky., publishes new Bird Scooter data.
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Data for Democracy harnesses the powers of big data for civic good

From www.shareable.net

Data for Democracy is a grassroots community dedicated to using the tools of Data Science to create a positive social impact. Imagine a bunch of digital activists running around the Internet analyzing alt-right Twitter bot networks and collecting data on immigration and family separations for the National Immigration Law Center, and you'll have a pretty good idea what this group does.
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The new ways to get citizens involved in urban design

From www.smh.com.au

Are they a game or are they an app? Whichever, they offer a new approach to getting citizens involved in the crucial business of urban design.
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Learning from the Civic Tech Graveyard

From civichall.org

Ever wonder what happened to civic tech startups like Vote.com, Voter.com, Hotsoup.com, Speakout.com, Ruck.us, Jumo, ChangeByUs, VoteIQ, or Votizen? Or maybe you’re thinking of starting something new in civic tech and want to learn from past efforts that didn’t succeed? As part of the work on the Civic Tech Field Guide, we’ve been fleshing out a section …
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Blockchain-Based Streetcred Wants to Pay You to Map

From www.citylab.com

Streetcred, a blockchain-powered open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.)
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10 blockchain-for-good projects to keep an eye on

From www.shareable.net

We recently explored how blockchain is being used as a force for good and conducted a handful of interviews with practitioners in the industry. Yet the blockchain space is fast-moving and constantly brimming with new projects that could make the sharing economy increasingly accessible to all. This is a list of some other projects to look out for in this space:
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Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are contributing to OpenStreetMap

From mybroadband.co.za

The Open Data Institute recently outlined how large multinationals are collaborating through OpenStreetMap.
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Cheap Sensors Help People Understand the Air They Breathe

From www.citylab.com

A new generation of inexpensive, portable air-quality sensors is making it easier for citizen groups and individuals to monitor the air around them.
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Kilauea Volcano and Edge Computing: Mitigating natural disasters

From www.smartresilient.com

Utilizing the IoT and edge computing can help governments prepare for and mitigate natural disasters.
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Startup in Residence expands to 100 cities and counties, applications open

From statescoop.com

After a small-scale national pilot, the program that pairs startups with local governments is now opening its doors to a wider pool of civic challenges.
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10 Problems With Impact Measurement in Civic Tech

From civichall.org

This post is a summary of Matt Stempeck’s presentation at The Impacts of Civic Tech Conference (TICTEC) in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 18, 2018, which he developed in close consultation with Micah Sifry, and is part of the ongoing work they are doing developing the Civic Tech Field Guide. If you work in civic tech, …
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New tool will help quantify the revitalizing effects of urban green infrastructure

From revitalizationnews.com

Readers of Revitalization News know that creating or expanding green infrastructure is often a core component of intelligent community redevelopment, revitalization and/or resilienc
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High Country Conservation Center launches app making it easier to recycle in Summit County

From www.summitdaily.com

Rocky the Recycling Robot has arrived to make recycling in Summit County a breeze. The web app was launched by High Country Conservation Center (HC3) to give residents and
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Toronto by public transportation — from Point A to anywhere

From medium.com

One of the hallmarks of a great urban neighborhood is connectivity to other parts of the city via public transportation. We tend to think about this access in terms of specific trips: taking the…
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