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CiviComment now offers a free plan, aims to simplify public or stakeholder reviews

From www.urbaninteractivestudio.com

Exciting news, CiviComment now has a free plan to support smaller projects or pilot initiatives. We're introducing the free plan and our updated pricing tiers at this week's IAP2 Conference in Denver

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What’s New in Civic Tech: SF Mayor Encourages Cities Nationwide to Apply for Expanded Startup in Residence Program

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails via Google Street View, Code for America developer emphasizes importance of design for the public good, and Uber begins sharing some transportation data with cities.
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Showing the Algorithms Behind New York City Services

From www.nytimes.com

A city councilman is pushing to make public the code behind city decisions on everything from school assignments to trash collection.
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Why Seattle is poised to be a leader in ‘smart city’ technology and regulations

From www.geekwire.com

New technology is helping local government create “smarter” cities in a variety of ways, from adaptive traffic lights to open data platforms to advanced…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Hawaii Launches Month-Long Innovation Competition

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Arkansas' governor announces actions aimed at fostering tech employment growth in state, and judge dismisses AT&T lawsuit against Louisville related to clearing city infrastructure for broadband providers.
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Berlin does civic tech. Großartig!

From joe-mitchell.com

I'm back in the UK (is that still a thing?) now — but I have two more EuroTrip stops to blog about.  First, Berlin. As you may know, Berlin is excellent. It also has a bit of a reputation for tech startups. And for doing interesting political things with tech. It seems a long time ago that…
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Do you believe design should be a public good?

From medium.com

After having been at Code for America for two years, attended a dozen Brigade MeetUps, and led design research for the Talent Initiative, I increasingly receive inquiries about how to concretely make…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Seattle Wins National Awards for Digital Equity Efforts

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Code for America brings Californians human-centered access to food assistance, 18F and the FBI build Crime Data Explorer, and Austin, Texas, donates used government computers to underserved residents.
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Serving up technology in the public’s interest—hard, but worth it

From mashable.com

The private sector is important, but tech needs to be on the forefront of government and policy efforts
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Chicago techies just launched a new platform to boost civic engagement

From www.builtinchicago.org

From grassroots organizations to civic groups, government boards and nonprofits, there’s no shortage of organizations working to make Chicago a better place. But for Chicagoans who want to contr
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12 simple technologies for cities that are Smart, open and fair

From theurbantechnologist.com

Efficiency; resilience; growth; vitality. These are all characteristics that cities desire, and that are regularly cited as the objectives of Smarter City programmes and other forward-looking initiatives. But, though it is less frequently stated, a more fundamental objective underlies all of these: fairness. The Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has written extensively about the need to prioritise…
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Hack Nights Are a Civic Good – Code for America

From medium.com

This spring, Code for San Jose turned three years old. In addition to celebrating with craft cocktails at a favorite local bar, we made time to reflect on our successes, struggles and future…
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New Facebook Feature Lets Users Contact Elected Officials Directly Through Posts

From www.nextgov.com

It’s part of the social media giant’s efforts to connected people to government representatives.
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Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics

From www.theguardian.com

In Newspeak House in east London, a loose coalition of young, idealistic ‘political technologists’ are trying to fix broken parts of our electoral system. Can they give voting a digital shot in the arm?
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On Growing a Startup At Civic Hall

From civichall.org

We need places like Civic Hall if we want to continue to bring non-developers into the fray. I think our technology, and our world, will be better for it.
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The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before they happen?

From www.theguardian.com

From ‘meeting’ a resident affected by HS2 to ‘cycling’ along a proposed bike lane through the city, VR can have a powerful impact in the real world
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'Everything in civic tech is an entry point': On the beauty of hackathons

From technical.ly

Hackathons — and launchpads, as city staffer Andy Viren explains.
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Every City Wants to Be Innovative. How Can They Get There?

From www.govtech.com

Warren Lemmens, the CTO of Nokia Oceania, discusses Australia's emerging smart city landscape — and what the U.S. can learn from it.
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The Impact of Civic Tech on Open Source – Benjamin Nickolls

From medium.com

How much does Civic Tech extract from and contribute back to commons of open source software? We found out at TICTec. This summer Andrew and I will be speaking at or attending events where we think…
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Toronto Public Library forges new space for makers as core to its digital transformation

From www.itworldcanada.com

Picture this: a video studio with a green screen that you can book, an array of Raspberry Pi devices, and 3D printers complete with lessons on how to use them.
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6 Mapping Tools to Help Understand Your City

From www.strongtowns.org

Want to you calculate your state's transportation spending? How about
identify distressed communities in your area? These mapping tools will help
you do the job.
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CIRCLE's RAYSE Index - Investing in Youth Civic Engagement

From www.civicyouth.org

A strong civic life depends on ALL, not just some, youth participating. The RAYSE Index uses data to identify where investments could be made to improve youth civic engagement.
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No More Trickle Down #CivicTech 

From medium.com

at the Code for America Summit confirmed it for me: We have come to a critical moment in the history of civic technology. For years now, we’ve told a story about “civic tech” that made it out to be…
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Reflecting on 5 Years of Chi Hack Night

From chihacknight.org

Today marks Chi Hack Night’s 250th event and **5 year anniversary**! Yes, we've been doing this for 5 years, and what a ride it’s been! For the occasion, we invited our members, alumni and past presenters to share how Chi Hack Night and it's community has affected or benefited them. We were floored by your responses. It turns out you like us! You really like us!
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