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Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool

From medium.com

Who uses the street, in what way, and why? These are common questions that planning agencies consider every day when trying to build better cities. The answers can help them see how well transit is…
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The battle over civic innovation inside Philadelphia City Hall

From technical.ly

The Office of Innovation and Technology rose to prominence under Adel Ebeid, the city's first Chief Innovation Officer. Now, with a new CIO, where will it go next?
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Sunlight Foundation Workshop Will Help Residents Understand Open Data

From www.govtech.com

The number of cities who publish large volumes of open data on their municipal websites has grown drastically in recent years, and as it has increased, so too has discussion about how best to get communities to engage with it.

To help cities boost citizen engagement with open data, nonprofit advocacy group the Sunlight Foundation is holding an online discussion billed as “a community workshop and interactive conversation about how to help more residents understand and use” open data. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 18, and organizers invite city open data staff to attend.
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N.Y.C. Plans Free Cybersecurity App to Protect Residents’ Sensitive Data

From www.routefifty.com

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the nation’s most populous city will be rolling out, NYC Secure, a new free cybersecurity app for residents meant to keep hackers off their mobile devices that “when installed, will issue warnings to users when suspicious activity is detected on their mobile devices,” according to the city’s announcement.
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OldTO Photo Map is Sidewalk Labs’ Love Letter to a City They Want to Futurize –

From techvibes.com

Sidewalk Labs is trying to build the neighbourhood of the future. But first, they’re looking into the neighbourhoods of the past. The Google subsidiary has released an Old Toronto version of Google Maps they’re calling OldTO. 

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'Detroit Rising' podcast: Leveraging tech to track demolitions, neighborhood improvements

From www.crainsdetroit.com

The online demo tracker has become a more sophisticated database of information about new investment in the city.
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Data is for Everyone: Three Open Data Lessons from a Hurricane

From reboot.org

You don’t have to be a tech expert to solve problems with data—as Hurricane Harvey showed. What lessons can we learn from how citizens use data in a disaster?
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Civic Tech: The City of Toronto must remain a public platform

From torontoist.com

Heading into a year of public consultations on Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, Civic Tech brings you this first piece in a series that will explore a range of is
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How a “Partnerships as Delivery” Approach to Civic Innovation Works in San Francisco

From elgl.org

Mariel Reed (LinkedIn and Twitter) shares observations about innovation in local government. Mariel worked as the Senior Innovation Strategist, Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, City of San…
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Exploring Civic Engagement Today Through Gaming and Technology

From www.santamonica.gov

What do Pokemon Go, self-driving vehicles, and Minecraft have in common?
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Civic Tech: Leveraging Technology for Citizens and Governments in Africa 

From www.seedstars.com

In Uganda, 4 years ago, the government launched “Know Your Budget” portal to allow citizens to give feedback and ask questions about the national budget. In Rwanda, your business can be…View Post
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What Data Means for Madison, Wisconsin: A new collaboration with the Sunlight Foundation

From reboot.org

Announcing the launch of a new project to connect data to resident needs and build more “complete” neighborhoods.
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The importance of a digital strategy in Urban Cycling Management

From medium.com

City Makers will be at the Smart City World Expo in Barcelona next week, offering our consultancy and tech development services for cities. We are open to any request related to civic tech…
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Post-Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Civic Tech Community Flourished

From www.govtech.com

Jeff Reichman, co-founder of January Advisors, discussed the aftermath of the devastating hurricane and how the tech community came together to help.
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For the People: Improving Governments with Technology

From harvardpolitics.com

In many ways, the Miami-Dade fellowship is a perfect civic tech success story. However, it’s not a success story just because of its technical merits; it’s a success story because Code for America examined the problem from the perspective of the people of Miami-Dade County.
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Report: Civic Tech Struggles with Sustainable Funding Despite Gains

From www.govtech.com

A recent increase in public desire to strengthen democracy has not yet translated into more funding for civic tech, but the authors of a new report see it as a reason for hope.
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West Sacramento, Calif., Uses New Tech Platform to Address Homelessness

From www.govtech.com

Through the Startup in Residence Program, city workers collaborated with developers to create Outreach Grid, a program designed to improve municipal efforts to address homelessness.
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How Tech and Data Boosted Florida’s Response to Irma

From www.routefifty.com

Some of the tools and strategies the Sunshine State used to prepare for and recover from a big hurricane.
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Which side are you on, vendors? – Code for America

From medium.com

I am often asked how Code for America intends to deal with the government technology contracting ecosystem that has a lot invested in the status quo. “I love what you’re doing, but at some point, the…
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Thinking Small on Civic Tech

From civic.io

Designing simple systems is one of the great challenges of Government 2.0. It means the end of grand, feature-filled programs, and their replacement by minimal services extensible by others. -- Tim O’Reilly, Open Government The original idea of Government as a Platform is now almost a decade old. In the world of technology, that’s a…
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Virtual Singapore Is More Than Just a 3-D Model, It’s an Intelligent Rendering of the City

From www.govtech.com

Planners of the $73 million Virtual Singapore project are working with government agencies to see how they might best make use of the simulated city.
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Startup Profile: Social Coin, Civic Engagement Platform based on Deep Learning through a Blockchain rewards system

From www.thestartupnetwork.co

We provide governments and organisations with a new way to recognise action within their community that makes a positive impact on society.

Our tool is the social coin, a cryptocurrency based on the actions of people and the positive impact this action makes.
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How I survived my very first hackathon (and why you can, too)

From technical.ly

Author Miriam Peskowitz arrived at Code for Philly's hackathon last fall armed with a Github account but no idea what “fork” meant. Here's her story.
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