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BadgeWatch.org is the kind of impactful civic-tech project that Code for South Florida members can help people out with or initiate on their own. “What was really unique about the idea is there is this information that was caught up in these reports that most people couldn’t access,” said Johnson, who is also a civic tech innovation fellow for Microsoft. “I think this will be really helpful for a lot of people in Miami that probably didn’t even know this existed.”

Code for South Florida, codeforsouth.com, is a nonprofit organization that builds services with public interest in mind, leveraging a network of technologists, designers and problem solvers. It leverages open source data, builds prototypes, and supports data collaborations that push to make South Florida better. Code for South Florida currently has about 49 active volunteers.
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Grassroots-generated skepticism points to a real need for better-designed processes around local, smart city deployments — processes that safeguard resident opinions, resident consent, and procedural justice as urban innovation is pursued.

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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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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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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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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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5 top learnings from the last decade in the areas of technology, open data, community engagement, and service delivery.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Local elected officials can’t just muse about the future. They have to make decisions that have real consequences.
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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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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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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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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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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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The app will offer crisis navigation warnings and provide detailed visual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
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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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