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The new ways to get citizens involved in urban design

From www.smh.com.au

Are they a game or are they an app? Whichever, they offer a new approach to getting citizens involved in the crucial business of urban design.
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Learning from the Civic Tech Graveyard

From civichall.org

Ever wonder what happened to civic tech startups like Vote.com, Voter.com, Hotsoup.com, Speakout.com, Ruck.us, Jumo, ChangeByUs, VoteIQ, or Votizen? Or maybe you’re thinking of starting something new in civic tech and want to learn from past efforts that didn’t succeed? As part of the work on the Civic Tech Field Guide, we’ve been fleshing out a section …
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Blockchain-Based Streetcred Wants to Pay You to Map

From www.citylab.com

Streetcred, a blockchain-powered open-source mapping startup, will pay you to map. (And then give the data away for free.)
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10 blockchain-for-good projects to keep an eye on

From www.shareable.net

We recently explored how blockchain is being used as a force for good and conducted a handful of interviews with practitioners in the industry. Yet the blockchain space is fast-moving and constantly brimming with new projects that could make the sharing economy increasingly accessible to all. This is a list of some other projects to look out for in this space:
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Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft are contributing to OpenStreetMap

From mybroadband.co.za

The Open Data Institute recently outlined how large multinationals are collaborating through OpenStreetMap.
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Cheap Sensors Help People Understand the Air They Breathe

From www.citylab.com

A new generation of inexpensive, portable air-quality sensors is making it easier for citizen groups and individuals to monitor the air around them.
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Kilauea Volcano and Edge Computing: Mitigating natural disasters

From www.smartresilient.com

Utilizing the IoT and edge computing can help governments prepare for and mitigate natural disasters.
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Startup in Residence expands to 100 cities and counties, applications open

From statescoop.com

After a small-scale national pilot, the program that pairs startups with local governments is now opening its doors to a wider pool of civic challenges.
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10 Problems With Impact Measurement in Civic Tech

From civichall.org

This post is a summary of Matt Stempeck’s presentation at The Impacts of Civic Tech Conference (TICTEC) in Lisbon, Portugal, on April 18, 2018, which he developed in close consultation with Micah Sifry, and is part of the ongoing work they are doing developing the Civic Tech Field Guide. If you work in civic tech, …
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New tool will help quantify the revitalizing effects of urban green infrastructure

From revitalizationnews.com

Readers of Revitalization News know that creating or expanding green infrastructure is often a core component of intelligent community redevelopment, revitalization and/or resilienc
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High Country Conservation Center launches app making it easier to recycle in Summit County

From www.summitdaily.com

Rocky the Recycling Robot has arrived to make recycling in Summit County a breeze. The web app was launched by High Country Conservation Center (HC3) to give residents and
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Toronto by public transportation — from Point A to anywhere

From medium.com

One of the hallmarks of a great urban neighborhood is connectivity to other parts of the city via public transportation. We tend to think about this access in terms of specific trips: taking the…
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ZenCity, an AI Civic Engagement Startup, Earns $1M from Microsoft and Other Investors

From www.govtech.com

ZenCity, a platform that aggregates and analyzes citizen sentiment and feedback for local government, has won a $1 million prize from Microsoft’s venture capital arm and other investors for artificial intelligence startups.
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Cities across U.S. using New Haven-made app to reach residents

From www.nhregister.com

When I met Ben Berkowitz in a New Haven cafe to talk about the SeeClickFix platform his company developed, I figured we'd walk around the neighborhood so I could see how the app worked.

If we could find a problem to report, we'd have the full experience in real time on a rainy Tuesday.

After 10 years in business, SeeClickFix has about 330 clients, mostly cities and towns - including Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Detroit - along with some universities and other organizations with campuses.

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Bringing neighbors back to neighborhoods using Sidewalk Labs' Park Time app

From medium.com

Social isolation is a growing challenge for city residents. Sidewalk Labs prototyped a tool called Park Time to help parents connect.

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What We Mean When We Talk about “Civic Tech”

From www.newamerica.org

As anyone who has spent time working in or around civic technology knows, certain healthy debates tend to come up time and again, get batted around for a bit, and then fall away unresolved.
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Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool

From medium.com

Who uses the street, in what way, and why? These are common questions that planning agencies consider every day when trying to build better cities. The answers can help them see how well transit is…
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The battle over civic innovation inside Philadelphia City Hall

From technical.ly

The Office of Innovation and Technology rose to prominence under Adel Ebeid, the city's first Chief Innovation Officer. Now, with a new CIO, where will it go next?
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Sunlight Foundation Workshop Will Help Residents Understand Open Data

From www.govtech.com

The number of cities who publish large volumes of open data on their municipal websites has grown drastically in recent years, and as it has increased, so too has discussion about how best to get communities to engage with it.

To help cities boost citizen engagement with open data, nonprofit advocacy group the Sunlight Foundation is holding an online discussion billed as “a community workshop and interactive conversation about how to help more residents understand and use” open data. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 18, and organizers invite city open data staff to attend.
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N.Y.C. Plans Free Cybersecurity App to Protect Residents’ Sensitive Data

From www.routefifty.com

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the nation’s most populous city will be rolling out, NYC Secure, a new free cybersecurity app for residents meant to keep hackers off their mobile devices that “when installed, will issue warnings to users when suspicious activity is detected on their mobile devices,” according to the city’s announcement.
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OldTO Photo Map is Sidewalk Labs’ Love Letter to a City They Want to Futurize –

From techvibes.com

Sidewalk Labs is trying to build the neighbourhood of the future. But first, they’re looking into the neighbourhoods of the past. The Google subsidiary has released an Old Toronto version of Google Maps they’re calling OldTO. 

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'Detroit Rising' podcast: Leveraging tech to track demolitions, neighborhood improvements

From www.crainsdetroit.com

The online demo tracker has become a more sophisticated database of information about new investment in the city.
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Data is for Everyone: Three Open Data Lessons from a Hurricane

From reboot.org

You don’t have to be a tech expert to solve problems with data—as Hurricane Harvey showed. What lessons can we learn from how citizens use data in a disaster?
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Civic Tech: The City of Toronto must remain a public platform

From torontoist.com

Heading into a year of public consultations on Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, Civic Tech brings you this first piece in a series that will explore a range of is
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