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Smart Cities, Inclusive Technology, and Public Service | Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

From www.benton.org

Does the potential of the 21st Century data-collecting, responsive, hyperconnected city benefit us all equally? Is it built with resident understanding, feedback, and consent?

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Data-Driven Efforts to Address Racial Inequality - Data Stewards Network

From medium.com

A listing of organizations whose work falls into four categories: 1) Data-Driven Research, 2) Data Driven Activism and Advocacy. 3) Data-Driven Journalism, and 4) Data to Measure Racial Injustice.

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How Data Can Map and Make Racial Inequality More Visible (If Done Responsibly)

From medium.com

The GovLab developed this living reflection document with diverse input from our network to help identify the opportunities, risks, challenges, and lessons about the use of data to make racial inequalities more visible and the ways it may be systematically and collaboratively countered.

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How ‘Green IT’ Can Make Smart Cities Sustainable

From www.forbes.com

Cities worldwide are embedding smart technology to collect data and analyze it, and to manage resources efficiently. Green IT can help governments to find smart solutions to make smart cities environmentally sustainable.

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Emerging Digital Technologies & Citizen Participation

From www.citizentech.org

Will digital technologies have substantial impacts on the way citizens engage and the ways through which power is sought, used, or contested?

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Op-ed: Now is the time to think of effective civic technology linking the citizen and state

From citizenmatters.in

COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to build online spaces now and for the future, which can go a long way in enhancing citizen-state relations.

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Coronavirus Is Inspiring Wave of Gov Tech Volunteerism

From www.govtech.com

The pandemic has inspired legions of government technology experts from various backgrounds to volunteer their time and expertise to help government at all levels overcome technology hurdles.

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Going Digital with Engagement

From www.lura.ca

Last week in our blog we raised several key questions to consider when pivoting from face-to-face engagement to digital engagement. The first was “What digital tools are out there, and what mix would best suit your engagement process?”
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Cities Launch COVID-19 Web Portals

From www.govtech.com

As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, agencies at all levels of government continue to launch online resources for their constituents to find resources, help and new information.

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From the Covid-19 Crisis to Rebuilding our Public Technology Infrastructure in Local Government

From nextcity.org

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing efforts it requires are forcing the public sector to try to make some long-overdue changes.

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What’s New in Civic Tech: Seattle Builds Benchmark Dashboard

From www.govtech.com

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, approves funding for a full-time digital inclusion staffer; Chicago launches a new data portal that details developer compliance with affordable housing rules; and more!

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Lessons from an African civic tech budget platform

From medium.com

BudgIT is a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change. We do this by way of simplifying and making the…
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Civic Tech Is the Star of a New Documentary About Disasters

From www.govtech.com

The film, which is titled Code & Response, is part of a larger effort by IBM to help foster and support projects aimed at helping communities prepare for and recover from a global spike in natural disasters.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: WaTech Launches GIS Data Portal

From www.govtech.com

Plus, a data competition aims to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate; Code for America’s GetCalFresh program works to reach eligible self-employed residents; and Louisiana has a new Medicaid enrollment app.
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Five Tips for Mayors in the Wake of Disruptive Technology

From citiesspeak.org

Local elected officials can’t just muse about the future. They have to make decisions that have real consequences.
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Google offers tool for cities to measure emissions

From www.bbc.com

A tool Google offered in the US to help cities measure pollution and emissions levels is now available in Europe.

It compiles transport and building data from Google Maps with publicly available information about emissions
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China Smart City Tech in Line with that of the U.S.

From www.govtech.com

A firsthand look at connected technology in China, which despite the two countries’ vastly different political structures is developing along much the same path as it is in U.S. states and localities.
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Can You Find a Quiet Place in NYC? Try This App.

From www.citylab.com

The mastermind of Hush City, an app that maps the urban soundscape, says that stress from traffic and construction noise is an under-appreciated environmental risk.
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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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