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Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool

From medium.com

Who uses the street, in what way, and why? These are common questions that planning agencies consider every day when trying to build better cities. The answers can help them see how well transit is…
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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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The battle over civic innovation inside Philadelphia City Hall

From technical.ly

The Office of Innovation and Technology rose to prominence under Adel Ebeid, the city's first Chief Innovation Officer. Now, with a new CIO, where will it go next?
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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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Sunlight Foundation Workshop Will Help Residents Understand Open Data

From www.govtech.com

The number of cities who publish large volumes of open data on their municipal websites has grown drastically in recent years, and as it has increased, so too has discussion about how best to get communities to engage with it.

To help cities boost citizen engagement with open data, nonprofit advocacy group the Sunlight Foundation is holding an online discussion billed as “a community workshop and interactive conversation about how to help more residents understand and use” open data. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 18, and organizers invite city open data staff to attend.
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N.Y.C. Plans Free Cybersecurity App to Protect Residents’ Sensitive Data

From www.routefifty.com

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the nation’s most populous city will be rolling out, NYC Secure, a new free cybersecurity app for residents meant to keep hackers off their mobile devices that “when installed, will issue warnings to users when suspicious activity is detected on their mobile devices,” according to the city’s announcement.
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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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Community Heart & Soul Launches in Georgia

From www.orton.org

The residents of the Thomaston, Georgia, area have kicked off Community Heart & Soul, bringing Orton’s community development model to the Peach State.
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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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OldTO Photo Map is Sidewalk Labs’ Love Letter to a City They Want to Futurize –

From techvibes.com

Sidewalk Labs is trying to build the neighbourhood of the future. But first, they’re looking into the neighbourhoods of the past. The Google subsidiary has released an Old Toronto version of Google Maps they’re calling OldTO. 

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'Detroit Rising' podcast: Leveraging tech to track demolitions, neighborhood improvements

From www.crainsdetroit.com

The online demo tracker has become a more sophisticated database of information about new investment in the city.
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Sidewalk Toronto is still figuring out how to govern and protect privacy

From mobilesyrup.com

At a March 20th, 2018 presentation at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, representatives from Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto emphasized the need to protect user privacy.
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How Ghent is using the semantic web to connect data and meaning

From cities-today.com

How the benefits of linked open data on a semantic website outweigh the pitfalls. By Bart Rosseau, Chief Data Officer, City of Ghent
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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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Right to the Smart City

From www.righttothesmartcity.org

We want to explore the role of civic engagement in the "smart city" conversation by surfacing principles, best practices, and creative experiments that involve the public in the design and sustainability of the technologically smart city.
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Boulder's Plan to Become a Child- and Youth-Friendly City

From icma.org

Michael Jordan Sports Park. Boulder’s Fun Backyard. Goose Creek Park. Teen and Adult Homeless Shelter and Work Center.Just a few of the school-aged design proposals that resulted from Growing Up Boulder’s visioning process for the City of Boulder’s Alpine-Balsam community project. Participatory design at its finest. And it’s just one of the many ways that Boulder has incorporated children into the planning and design of community projects, as well as improve community engagement.
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