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5 top learnings from the last decade in the areas of technology, open data, community engagement, and service delivery.

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Libraries are looking at how to use outdoor spaces as a way to connect and engage with their communities. From parking lots to baseball diamonds, there are public spaces in every community that can provide ways for people come together, while remaining safely distanced.

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Will digital technologies have substantial impacts on the way citizens engage and the ways through which power is sought, used, or contested?

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Salus is a mix of radar, optical cameras and infrared sensors plus neural networks with machine-learning designed to differentiate between pedestrians, cars, bicyclists, motorbikes, and animals.

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In this Op-ed, European Civic Tech actors reaffirm the importance of their role in protecting fundamental rights and providing citizens with the tools to remain in contact with each other, and for collaboration between citizens and decision-makers.

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How digital technology could lead to more evidence-based decision making in cities. 

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Data ownership is broken. Whilst national governments are not yet owning up to the responsibility of building public service alternatives to big data corporations, some cities around the world are testing new approaches in putting people back in control of their data and using it for the public good.

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In our Unprecedented series, we’re introducing you to public servants and civic tech practitioners whose work is making a real difference for residents during COVID-19. Chime in on Twitter using the #unprecedented hashtag.

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COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to build online spaces now and for the future, which can go a long way in enhancing citizen-state relations.

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WhatsApp can be a useful tool for organisers scrambling to figure out how to move training or people development online when face to face interaction isn’t possible.

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When shelter-in-place orders went into effect, most in-person public meetings and events had to be cancelled. Let’s explore how the communities of Arlington County, Missoula, Cupertino, Denver, and Austin successfully moved their meetings online.

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When one of the things we need most—the ability to associate with the people who are physically near to us—is cut off thanks to the Great Pandemic, our collective-action problem-solving abilities have been badly stunted.

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While some report the forced digitization is improving civic engagement, technological gaffs have also created confusion and slowed proceedings.

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From ancient Rome to modern Atlanta, the shape of cities has been defined by the technologies that allow commuters to get to work in about 30 minutes.

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Across the spectrum, in large cities and small towns, outdoor public spaces must be a central part of the path forward. 

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The Civic Hacktivist Community is a global network for the exchange of knowledge and ideas about e-democracy and collaborative decision-making.

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The Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to rethink how cities are designed—and make them better equipped to stop disease from spreading.

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A common thread is that cities can only succeed in achieving their goals of becoming more sustainable, resilient or inclusive if they listen and respond to their citizens’ needs and have a trusted relationship with them.

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Here’s a look at some of the ways planners and local leaders are keeping engagement efforts inclusive in the COVID-19 pandemic, even while social distancing.

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Homelessness has plagued U.S. cities and their residents for decades, resulting in dedicated funds and continuums of care (CoC) to support affected individuals and families. But despite these efforts, the crisis is worsening.

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As the nationwide lockdown eases and people think about heading back to work, plans have been made to make sure people can safely get around the city while remaining two metres apart from each other.

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By analyzing tags on thousands of public photos, the researchers mapped out the sound profile of streets in 12 cities, including London, New York, Madrid, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

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Mother Nature has provided us with all the tools we need to protect humanity from the violent and life-threatening spread of viral pandemics, rising seas, extreme weather, spiking temperatures, degraded habitats, uncontrolled wildfires and other catastrophes built from the sheer avarice of the human race.

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From Auckland to Bogota, urban planners are already adapting our cities to lockdown. But will the changes last, and which more radical design proposals -- be it sewer monitors or "epidemic skyscrapers" -- will shape the post-pandemic city?

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Less than a year ago, Sidewalk Labs unveiled plans to test fantastical urban innovations across a 12-acre swath of Toronto’s waterfront. Now, the most ambitious project from Google’s urban-planning arm has been called off.

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