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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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The End of the Second Act of Civic Tech

From medium.com

1. This article contains broad generalizations, and is intended to get some new conversations started. There exists much anecdotal evidence contrary to many of the points below. I’ve also attempted…
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4 Reasons Agencies Should Care About the Citizen Experience

From www.nextgov.com

The benefits of a customer-centric strategy aren’t limited to private-sector businesses. Agencies at every level can realize their goals by putting th
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Hackers Set Off 156 Dallas Emergency Sirens, Caused Late-Night Panic: Smart Cities To Have Security Issues?

From www.techtimes.com

Dallas emergency sirens were set off by hackers, causing residents of the city to panic due to the possibility of an attack and flood 911 with thousands of calls.
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NCDD #TechTuesday In Review: Using EngagingApps for Later-Stage Participation

From www.urbaninteractivestudio.com

On May 17th, UIS presented EngagingApps on a Tech Tuesday session with the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Tech Tuesday is a monthly webinar series that helps dialogue and deliberation practitioners learn about online apps for participation.

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Welcome, Code for Canada!

From www.youtube.com

Our Code for All partners, including Code for America, Code for Australia, Codeando Mexico and more, welcome Code for Canada to the fold. Learn more a
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The Good and the Bad of Planning Websites

From www.planetizen.com

Students review municipal planning department websites in cities with more than 50,000 people to identify strengths and weaknesses. This post shares examples of the use of websites for information sharing and engagement.
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New York's Pursuit of a More Useful App Contest

From www.citylab.com

After drawing criticism from the tech community, the city redefines how government app competitions can work efficiently.
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Is 2017 the Year for Big Change in Civic Tech? No.

From schrier.wordpress.com

No. 2017 is not the year for Big Change in city, county or state tech.   I’d argue NO year is a year for “Big Change” in the technologies used by government.   Government does not change fast, which may be a Good Thing. Civic Technology – the information technologies used by local, state and federal governments…
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Google Maps morphs into Ms. Pac-Man for April Fools’ Day

From www.theverge.com

Looks like Ms. Pac-Man has paid a visit to the Google Maps app. Every year on April Fools’ Day, Google puts out a bunch of prank videos and Easter eggs, and it looks like the team is revisitin
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Bloomberg Enters Race To Develop Smart City Standards

From www.technocracy.news

There is no official 'national standard' on how to build a smart city. There are hundreds of giant companies competing for their share of technology sales.
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7 inspiring civic hacking projects from Code for Philly's #CELaunchpad

From technical.ly

Sixty-five civic hackers will spend the next month working on projects around gerrymandering, sample ballots and parking (with advice from lotsa city government folks.)
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Turning Dirty Streets Clean through Comprehensive Open Data Mapping

From www.govtech.com

Through a Clean Streets LA initiative called CleanStat, Los Angeles is the first city to map the cleanliness of every one of its blocks.
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Detroit's Dubious Civic Tech Champions 

From civichall.org

Like other for-profit civic technology companies, Loveland sits at an uncomfortable intersection of priorities. Since its inception, Loveland has struggled to reconcile what its founders think the city needs with what community organizers and residents want and need and what nonprofits, government agencies, and companies are willing to buy.
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Facebook’s Town Hall feature helps you find and contact your local government officials

From www.theverge.com

Another week, another feature gets added to the Facebook mobile app. In addition to the new City Guides and Weather buttons that were recently introduced in the Apps section, Facebook ha
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Putting customer centricity at the heart of public sector services

From diginomica.com

With mobile, social and cloud technologies driving the way we live, work and interact across all areas of life, public sector organisations can adopt the same tech as businesses to engage more closely with citizens and employees. Gavin Mee, Senior Vice President, Enterprise, at Salesforce, shines a light on how technology can overhaul local government’s service delivery.
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Pilot programs announced as Guelph wraps first round of Civic Accelerator 

From guelph.ca

City’s Water Services and Planning departments to test new tools Guelph, Ont., February 23, 2017 – The City of Guelph’s Civic Accelerator, which turns the
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Philly Uses Tech to Tackle Litter

From www.govtech.com

This spring, Philadelphia will pilot a new litter index aligned with the city's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, and digitize the results.
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How a simple app can actually empower street-level democracy

From www.curbed.com

In an increasingly partisan era, SeeClickFix believes technology can get neighbors on the same page
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Internet of Things and smart cities: Seven things you need to know

From theinternetofallthings.com

From a technological viewpoint, IoT technologies are an integral and important element of all smart city deployments. They provide Internet-based connectivity across various sensors and devices in the urban environment.
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Impact, Investment And Demand: Three Pillars For Civic Tech Success

From techcrunch.com

Last year was one of great momentum for civic tech. We saw more people and resources than ever enter the space, garnering interest from startups,..
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