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Hack Nights Are a Civic Good – Code for America

From medium.com

This spring, Code for San Jose turned three years old. In addition to celebrating with craft cocktails at a favorite local bar, we made time to reflect on our successes, struggles and future…
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New Facebook Feature Lets Users Contact Elected Officials Directly Through Posts

From www.nextgov.com

It’s part of the social media giant’s efforts to connected people to government representatives.
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Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics

From www.theguardian.com

In Newspeak House in east London, a loose coalition of young, idealistic ‘political technologists’ are trying to fix broken parts of our electoral system. Can they give voting a digital shot in the arm?
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On Growing a Startup At Civic Hall

From civichall.org

We need places like Civic Hall if we want to continue to bring non-developers into the fray. I think our technology, and our world, will be better for it.
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The empathy machine: can VR stop bad city developments before they happen?

From www.theguardian.com

From ‘meeting’ a resident affected by HS2 to ‘cycling’ along a proposed bike lane through the city, VR can have a powerful impact in the real world
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'Everything in civic tech is an entry point': On the beauty of hackathons

From technical.ly

Hackathons — and launchpads, as city staffer Andy Viren explains.
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Every City Wants to Be Innovative. How Can They Get There?

From www.govtech.com

Warren Lemmens, the CTO of Nokia Oceania, discusses Australia's emerging smart city landscape — and what the U.S. can learn from it.
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The Impact of Civic Tech on Open Source – Benjamin Nickolls

From medium.com

How much does Civic Tech extract from and contribute back to commons of open source software? We found out at TICTec. This summer Andrew and I will be speaking at or attending events where we think…
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Toronto Public Library forges new space for makers as core to its digital transformation

From www.itworldcanada.com

Picture this: a video studio with a green screen that you can book, an array of Raspberry Pi devices, and 3D printers complete with lessons on how to use them.
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6 Mapping Tools to Help Understand Your City

From www.strongtowns.org

Want to you calculate your state's transportation spending? How about
identify distressed communities in your area? These mapping tools will help
you do the job.
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CIRCLE's RAYSE Index - Investing in Youth Civic Engagement

From www.civicyouth.org

A strong civic life depends on ALL, not just some, youth participating. The RAYSE Index uses data to identify where investments could be made to improve youth civic engagement.
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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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