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Albuquerque's Digital Integrated Development Ordinance launches

From ido.abc-zone.com

Albuquerque's Digital Zoning Code launches, includes interactive guides that provide personalized answers to resident's zoning questions as downloadable PDFs

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Welcome to the neighbourhood. Have you read the terms of service?

From www.cbc.ca

Toronto is becoming a test bed for new smart-city technology, but some observers are concerned about the privacy of the data the city would be collecting.
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If smart cities center around data collection, why is water left out?

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Despite many cities experiencing droughts, data on water availability, storage and use is surprisingly sparse — even in tech-forward states like California. 
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First Lobbyists, Eventually Voters: How A Legislation-Tracking Platform Could Boost Civic Engagement

From hypepotamus.com

When Civic Eagle, a platform that allows users to track specific legislation, didn't see engagement as a B2C company, they pivoted to a B2B model.
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Harnessing the Power of Narrative and Storytelling for Social Impact

From blog.codingitforward.com

“What’s your superpower?” asked my mentor Seamus Kraft, the Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation, on our very first phone call. I paused for ten seconds and hesitated to answer the question…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Civic Technologists Work to Educate, Mobilize Voters

From www.govtech.com

Plus, CityLab hosts largest-ever gathering of local gov CIOs; Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomes new hub for VR and AR tech; and Louisville, Ky., publishes new Bird Scooter data.
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Data for Democracy harnesses the powers of big data for civic good

From www.shareable.net

Data for Democracy is a grassroots community dedicated to using the tools of Data Science to create a positive social impact. Imagine a bunch of digital activists running around the Internet analyzing alt-right Twitter bot networks and collecting data on immigration and family separations for the National Immigration Law Center, and you'll have a pretty good idea what this group does.
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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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