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Why Our Country Needs More Civic Tech Leaders

From digital.gov

Government is a great place to work for technologists, data scientists, designers and entrepreneurs who want to serve and solve problems for the American people.
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City Planning Technology, 2019 Benchmarking Study

From www.planetizen.com

A report on the current state of Internet technologies, policies, and content management systems adopted by 600 cities across the United States, including recommended steps cities should take to improve technology assets in 2019.

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Soon one app will offer every available mode of transport in Berlin

From www.intelligenttransport.com

This is the first time that a European city the size of Berlin deeply integrates an entire mobility network, spanning across public and private operators.
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The Bacon of Social Studies - How to Incorporate iCivics into Your Classroom Lessons

From www.techlearning.com

iCivic's appeal is the games and sims. Kids can play Do I Have a Right, Argument Wars, Supreme Decision, Immigration Nation and 15 others designed to engage middle and high school students. The most popular also exist as mobile Android and iOS apps.
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Making A Civic Smart City, A new public toolkit is offering a set of design strategies local governments

From civicsmart.city

A new public toolkit is offering a set of design strategies local governments can use to increase civic participation.

This toolkit, dubbed Making a Civic Smart City, is available to the public and marks a collaboration between a number of colleges and universities. 

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Linux Foundation Revives Mapzen, an Alternative to Giants

From www.govtech.com

The company shut down last year, but its user base remained. Now, the Linux Foundation is taking on the project so it can continue to provide an open source alternative to platforms that lock users in.
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Smart Buildings: Forming The Foundation Of Smart Cities

From www.forbes.com

The future belongs to structures with sensor networks that can monitor electricity and water usage in real time, track sustainability performance and interact with other parts of the smart city.
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3 Principles to Guide Every Civic Technology Project

From medium.com

We’ve all been there. Staring a broken system in the face wondering how others have tried to fix it. You may have even tried to think of a solution to the problem, and in doing so, you might have become a novice civic technologist. Civic technology, or civtech, is the application of technology to improve or influence governance, politics, or — in GlobalHack’s case — societal issues.
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The Untapped Potential of Civic Technology

From givingcompass.org

Albert Einstein once said “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” Today’s most significant problems are being addressed primarily by governments, using systems and tools designed hundreds of years ago. From climate change to inequality, the status quo is proving inadequate, and time is running out.

The role of our democratic institutions is analogous to breathing – inhaling citizen input and exhaling government action. The civic technology movement is inventing new ways to gather input, make decisions and execute collective action.
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How army of drones and robots could make Leeds the world’s first self-repairing city

From www.yorkshirepost.co.uk

Leeds could become the first ‘self-repairing city’ in the world by 2035 as robotics engineers work on developing drones that can prevent potholes. 

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Singapore made innovation go viral in its public service

From apolitical.co

Singapore is one of the most innovative governments in the world. Here's how it's teaching its entire civil service innovation tools.
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Civic Technologist Builds National Toys for Tots Map

From www.govtech.com

John Kramlich, a member of the St. Louis civic tech group OpenSTL, has built what appears to be the first online map of nationwide Toys for Tots drop-off locations, and the site has already seen significant traffic.
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The smart city conferences to check out in 2019

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

Next year has a full slate of industry conferences, featuring conversations with top public and private officials on the pressing issues facing cities.
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Bad landlord? In NYC, coders made apps to aid the fight

From realestate.boston.com

In New York City, coders are building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants who have bad landlords.

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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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