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Can video games be used to tell the news? A Brief Introduction to Newsgames

From knightlab.northwestern.edu

Newsgames are a branch of “serious games,” or games that are built with purposes other than pure entertainment. While newsgames have been around since as early as 2001, the development of these games themselves is still far from becoming a mainstay of journalistic storytelling.
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London’s TfL and Toronto’s Google Sidewalk Lab both show that cities need better ways of managing data

From www.citymetric.com

Cities are now fueled by data. They depend on it as much as they depend on air or petrol. We see this in our daily lives, whether using Google Maps to get from place to place counting our steps with a Fitbit, or checking out a restaurant review. But how this data is to be managed and governed is becoming ever more fraught and controversial.

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The Culture Stack — Cultivating a More Resilient & Responsive Government

From blog.civicmakers.com

The govtech movement holds great promise, but is hindered by a glaring blindspot — the assumption that technology alone will solve our public problems, without considering either the people or…
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Yes, the government is capable of creating great design–here’s how

From www.fastcompany.com

Code for America is trying to show government agencies that technology doesn’t have to be complicated to start making citizens’ lives better.
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How Organizations with Data and Technology Skills Can Play a Critical Role in the 2020 Census

From www.urban.org

Local governments and organizations are forming coalitions to encourage census responses in 2020.
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The power of placemaking: The impact of public art goes beyond the obvious

From www.timesfreepress.com

The opportunities cities promise have almost always drawn very different people together. These tensions have no doubt birthed tragic histories. But they have also served to illuminate the unique beauty found in a diversity of cultures and identities.
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Government support is a key factor for civic technology

From www.openaccessgovernment.org

Dr Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research, mySociety highlights why government support is key for civic technology, here
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Smart Cities Will Be the Building Blocks to a Smarter America

From observer.com

At a national level, investments and commitments are needed to form a smart city agenda for the 240 million Americans living in urban areas. A smart country may very well start with our smart cities.
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Nextdoor Raises $123M Investment Round, Expands in Europe

From www.govtech.com

The social networking platform that also works with local governments and public safety agencies has pulled in a lot of money for a company its age. It's using it to jump into two new European countries.
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Building a Bus Map When There Are No Fixed Routes—or Stops

From www.wired.com

Citizen groups in Beirut, Nairobi, Cairo and other cities are crowdsourcing maps of informal bus networks to encourage transit use.
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What is this “AI for Social Good”? 

From medium.com

“AI for social good”. We increasingly see related initiatives by organisations like Google and Microsoft, conferences, reports and workshops in major “AI” conferences like Neurips, ICRL, and ICML…
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Responsible waste management in civic tech

From www.theengineroom.org

In the same way we consciously manage our physical waste, we should start managing our digital waste. Doing so could mean reduced costs and reduced harm.
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The Technology That Could Transform Congestion Pricing

From www.citylab.com

As cities like New York move ahead with plans to charge motorists to enter certain urban areas, we need to think about the best ways to manage road tolling.
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Planning for Future Cities Today With Urban Nexus Science 

From www.planetizen.com

The Urban Nexus is an approach to sustainability that seeks to integrate sectors and silos int he design and development process.
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Lessons for Any Downtown

From nextcity.org

How smaller interventions can reactivate, energize and sustain a city's downtown.

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Is there a hidden level on the IAP2 spectrum — ‘con’-form?

From medium.com

You see a A4 laminated poster on a stobie pole/lamp post. You walk past it ever day for a month. You can see it has small print, some in bold, but you ignore it. Then it’s gone and somewhere inside…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: How Local Gov Can Leverage Texting

From www.govtech.com

Plus, senators introduce AI in Government Act; San Antonio hosts event to help attendees learn about its smart city data sets; Syracuse University announces its Autonomous Systems Policy Institute; and more.
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SF Is so Expensive That People Are Using Parking Spots as Offices

From futurism.com

Web developer Victor Pontis has had enough of cars in San Francisco — parking spaces, he says, just take up too much space.

His idea: turn the prime real estate of parking spots into coworking spaces, complete with desks and chairs, that he called WePark — and charge only the price of a parking meter, which is a fraction of the price of other local coworking spaces.
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Don’t lose your mind over ‘brain drain’ — focus on creating talent

From medium.com

A new report documents the mobility of highly educated people in the United States, offering a grim new portrait of how such movement affects communities: “Some states today are keeping and receiving…
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Baltimore Bans Source-of-Income Discrimination, But There’s a Big Catch 

From nextcity.org

In a time when there is increasing hostility shown to our undocumented neighbors, the time and effort they put into trying to make our cities better places is a powerful statement.
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The Sins of “Smart” Cities

From bostonreview.net

The Sins of “Smart” Cities from Boston Review. What happens when we reframe complex social and political issues as technical puzzles? Two new books challenge modern cities' over-reliance on data and technology.

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What makes a public space great? 

From medium.com

A vibrant public realm is the foundation of a strong urban community. Public spaces offer people a place to gather with friends, to run into neighbors, to be active, or to sit and reflect in nature…
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Urban Rooftops May Well Become The New Airports

From popupcity.net

Electric air taxi startup Lilium believes in a future in which anyone can fly anywhere. Will the German startup transform urban rooftops into mini-airports?
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6 Road Design Changes That Can Save Lives

From thecityfix.com

 Urbanization is by and large a good thing, corresponding with steady declines in extreme poverty. More compact cities may also hold the key to a sustainable future. But this trend has come with a side effect: more dangerous city streets. With more vehicles and more people in cities, there are more opportunities for crashes – especially as cities…
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