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Technical Difficulties and Cyber Attacks

From elgl.org

Even after recognizing the attack and responding to reduce the damage, we were left without access to critical systems. Email access was gone for almost two weeks. Other critical systems­—including building permitting, business licensing, time clock, agenda, and more—were unavailable for many days.
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France's Great Debate: Civic Washing or Real Engagement?

From civichall.org

With more than 2 million comments and 500,000 participants, France's Grand Debate has been the country's largest experiment in civic engagement.
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Civic tech to lead the way for a more open society in Mexico

From medium.com

Diego Arredondo: I got involved in civic tech a few years ago, in 2014. Prior to my involvement in Codeando México, I worked within this collective called Wikipolítica. It was the beginning of my…
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New City Civic Engagement Commission Launched

From www.gothamgazette.com

The 15-member commission was established in the charter through a ballot referendum approved by voters in November, one product of a charter revision commission set up by de Blasio last year. The commission is tasked broadly with increasing involvement in city civic life, and specifically with improving voter access by providing interpreters at polling sites and administering a citywide participatory budgeting program modeled on the system used by the New York City Council.
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In a City of Firsts, Learning By Doing – Reimagining the Civic Commons

From medium.com

Philadelphia has a long history of city building through public spaces, including the first library, the first public school, and the first urban park plan. How much more could a historic city learn…
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Citizen engagement is helping Costa Rica fight climate change

From apolitical.co

Costa Rica has the most ambitious climate policy in the world, but without engagement from citizens they may struggle to decarbonize by 2050.
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Democracy Donuts gives Albertans a new reason to vote in spring election

From eatnorth.com

Democracy Donuts is bridging the divide between voters across the political spectrum, one donut at a time.
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For More Citizen Engagement, One Town Turns to Video Calls

From www.governing.com

A Miami suburb might be the first in the nation to let residents participate in -- not just watch -- public meetings from anywhere they have an internet connection.
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How Abandoned Big-Box Stores Can Bring Communities Together

From nextcity.org

What do a BMX center, a church and an international marketplace have in common? Finding creative reuses of derelict commercial space that spark connections between people.
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Why Is It So Hard to Make a Website for the Government?

From www.nytimes.com

When a team of young idealists tried to make a website for California’s food-stamp system, they learned just how complicated it can be to redesign the public sector.
August Garcia's curator insight, February 21, 3:37 AM

TFW the US government spent over a billion dollars on healthcare.gov.

Civic Tech: A list of questions we’d like Sidewalk Labs to answer

From torontoist.com

The first public meeting for Sidewalk Toronto is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 1. The free tickets to register “sold out” within a day of being posted. The event is currently wait-listed. It will be live-streamed on the Waterfront Toronto Facebook page, the Sidewalk Toronto Facebook page, and the Sidewalk
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'We need more people to go by bike': meet Amsterdam's nine-year-old junior cycle mayor

From www.theguardian.com

As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycle
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Philadelphia Adopts Smart City Road Map

From www.govtech.com

The document gives the city a foundation for evaluating how technology can improve the lives of residents, serve economic development efforts or other civic purposes.
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Fake lakes: the cities transformed by artificial 'natural' attractions

From www.theguardian.com

Tuzla draws crowds with its salt lakes and Barcelona’s manmade beach is a hit – but are they a sustainable form of regeneration?
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Finding the Sweet Spot for a Sustainable Nonprofit Grocery in D.C.

From nextcity.org

Balancing product mix, funding sources and community engagement in a cutthroat business sector with historically low margins.
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The City within a Garden

From nextcity.org

How Some Cities Are Restoring Nature and Tapping the Power of Ecosystems to Enhance and Protect Urban Life.

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How cutting a hole in an L.A. fence opened the door to innovation in New Haven

From medium.com

Just to be clear: Ben Berkowitz doesn’t want you break any laws. But he does think urbanists can do a lot of good in their communities by pushing the limits. That’s a lesson Berkowitz, CEO and…
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Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity

From www.theguardian.com

All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be too
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Civic Tech and Fine Arts Team-Up to Tackle Climate Change

From www.govtech.com

Fueled by a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Anchorage, Alaska, is building a lab inside an art museum for artists, designers, engineers and the community to team-up to tackle climate change.
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South Bend’s Mayor on What Local Governments Can Learn From Estonia

From www.routefifty.com

The Indiana city’s new mobility-as-a-service pilot is helping low-income shift workers commute for free.
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Blueprint Denver has designs on a better city 

From denverite.com

A dozen pages in Blueprint Denver, essentially staff policy proposals on which City Council will rule, suggest approaches to ensuring our city’s architecture does reflect our society and our aspirations.
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Where Residents, Politics, and Government Meet - two case studies from Philadelphia

From www.newamerica.org

How can cities improve local government and civic engagement at the same time? Two case studies in Philadelphia may have answers.
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