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Toronto's Alphabet-Powered Smart City Is Growing

From www.citylab.com

Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it’s a lot bigger.
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Sean Parker’s Brigade/Causes acquired by govtech app Countable

From techcrunch.com

Causes grew to a jaw-dropping 200 million users as one of the first 10 Facebook platform apps. Started by Facebook co-founder Sean Parker, it was meant to turn a generation into activists and philanthropists. Causes acquired Votizen to augment shallow clicktivism with a way to remind friends to vote. But after Facebook went mobile and […]
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New Google Maps Features Help Users During Crises

From www.citylab.com

The app will offer crisis navigation warnings and provide detailed visual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
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Toward a Model Civic Business

From civichall.org

The freedom to test and fail enables the private sector to be our primary source of experimentation, innovation, and growth. But we should reconsider the design and implications of private systems before wholesale adopting them as gatekeepers to public services and servants.
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Data Journalism’s Entanglements with Civic Tech

From datajournalism.com

Compared to computer-assisted reporting, the emergence of data journalism in the US and in Europe intersected with several developments both within and outside newsrooms: the growing availability of data online, not least due to open data initiatives and leaks; newsrooms hiring developers and integrating them within the editorial team to better cope with data and provide interactive web applications; and the emergence of various ‘tech for good’ movements that are attracted to journalism as a way to use their technological skills for a ‘public good’.
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Solving civic tech challenges at Code for America Summit

From diginomica.com

Matt Jukes shares what he learned at the recent Code for America Summit, which is one of the must attend events for those working in civic tech.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Philly Releases City Payments Data

From www.govtech.com

Plus, Illinois Gov. Pritzker sets April as Innovation and Technology Month; Washington, D.C., forges new ride-share partnership; national civic tech leaders urge support for Digital Service Act, and more.
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Why Our Country Needs More Civic Tech Leaders

From digital.gov

Government is a great place to work for technologists, data scientists, designers and entrepreneurs who want to serve and solve problems for the American people.
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City Planning Technology, 2019 Benchmarking Study

From www.planetizen.com

A report on the current state of Internet technologies, policies, and content management systems adopted by 600 cities across the United States, including recommended steps cities should take to improve technology assets in 2019.

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Soon one app will offer every available mode of transport in Berlin

From www.intelligenttransport.com

This is the first time that a European city the size of Berlin deeply integrates an entire mobility network, spanning across public and private operators.
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The Bacon of Social Studies - How to Incorporate iCivics into Your Classroom Lessons

From www.techlearning.com

iCivic's appeal is the games and sims. Kids can play Do I Have a Right, Argument Wars, Supreme Decision, Immigration Nation and 15 others designed to engage middle and high school students. The most popular also exist as mobile Android and iOS apps.
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Making A Civic Smart City, A new public toolkit is offering a set of design strategies local governments

From civicsmart.city

A new public toolkit is offering a set of design strategies local governments can use to increase civic participation.

This toolkit, dubbed Making a Civic Smart City, is available to the public and marks a collaboration between a number of colleges and universities. 

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Linux Foundation Revives Mapzen, an Alternative to Giants

From www.govtech.com

The company shut down last year, but its user base remained. Now, the Linux Foundation is taking on the project so it can continue to provide an open source alternative to platforms that lock users in.
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Smart Buildings: Forming The Foundation Of Smart Cities

From www.forbes.com

The future belongs to structures with sensor networks that can monitor electricity and water usage in real time, track sustainability performance and interact with other parts of the smart city.
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3 Principles to Guide Every Civic Technology Project

From medium.com

We’ve all been there. Staring a broken system in the face wondering how others have tried to fix it. You may have even tried to think of a solution to the problem, and in doing so, you might have become a novice civic technologist. Civic technology, or civtech, is the application of technology to improve or influence governance, politics, or — in GlobalHack’s case — societal issues.
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The Untapped Potential of Civic Technology

From givingcompass.org

Albert Einstein once said “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Today’s most significant problems are being addressed primarily by governments, using systems and tools designed hundreds of years ago. From climate change to inequality, the status quo is proving inadequate, and time is running out.

The role of our democratic institutions is analogous to breathing – inhaling citizen input and exhaling government action. The civic technology movement is inventing new ways to gather input, make decisions and execute collective action.
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How army of drones and robots could make Leeds the world’s first self-repairing city

From www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

Leeds could become the first ‘self-repairing city’ in the world by 2035 as robotics engineers work on developing drones that can prevent potholes. 

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Singapore made innovation go viral in its public service

From apolitical.co

Singapore is one of the most innovative governments in the world. Here's how it's teaching its entire civil service innovation tools.
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Civic Technologist Builds National Toys for Tots Map

From www.govtech.com

John Kramlich, a member of the St. Louis civic tech group OpenSTL, has built what appears to be the first online map of nationwide Toys for Tots drop-off locations, and the site has already seen significant traffic.
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The smart city conferences to check out in 2019

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Next year has a full slate of industry conferences, featuring conversations with top public and private officials on the pressing issues facing cities.
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Bad landlord? In NYC, coders made apps to aid the fight

From realestate.boston.com

In New York City, coders are building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants who have bad landlords.

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