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10 Opportunities for Impact Measurement in Civic Tech

From civichall.org

It may not be as hard as it appears to figure out how to measure what matters in civic tech.
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The World Record Egg: hacking attention for mental health?

From onemanandhisblog.com

We now know who was behind the World Record Egg - and what they plan on doing with the account. But what does this tell us about today's attention economy?
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What's all the hype about city crowdsourcing?

From www.smartcitiesdive.com

While it may seem like a hip, high-tech way to develop projects, more cities are employing crowdsourcing as a modern iteration of good ole public engagement.
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What do human rights, open standards, and venture capital have to do with public infrastructure?

From civicunrest.com

What so much of the conversation around civic tech boils down to is the question of public/private partnerships
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Portland Throwing its Pioneering Neighborhood System Under the Bus

From www.planetizen.com

A muddled agenda of inclusion seems to be a rationale to eviscerate one of the Oregon city's most lauded civic assets.
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Rethink, Retool, Then Recycle? 

From nextcity.org

Last year, China cracked down on recycling imports, forcing cities to get cleaner and more creative with their trash. A look at what's working and what's not in the U.S. recycling market.

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The 26 weirdest government stories of 2018

From apolitical.co

Did you hear about the cybersecurity minister who has never touched a computer? Or the government website that will teach you to roll a joint?
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‘Snowball editorial’: the journey that brought you the Data Journalism Handbook 2 

From datadrivenjournalism.net

 The Data Journalism Handbook 2: Towards a Critical Data Practice explores working with, assembling, experiencing and investigating data, platforms and algorithms, as well as organising data journalism in the newsroom.
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What King knew for sure: Youth must be partners in social transformation

From mlk50.com

On his 90th birthday, a reflection on the late civil rights leader’s commitment to amplifying and working with the young
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What Do the World’s Most Engaged Cities Have in Common?

From medium.com

When the Cities of Service team first set out to create the Engaged Cities Award, we wanted to unearth and lift up the powerful work that cities around the world are doing to solve critical public…
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Why Detroiters Didn't Trust City Tree-Planting Efforts

From www.citylab.com

A new study finds that Detroit residents who rejected "free trees" knew the benefits of the urban tree canopy, but distrusted the city's motives and process.
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Finding common ground by defining our differences: a useful map of public engagement discourses

From www.publicengagement.ac.uk

Neil Stoker, Visiting Researcher at St. George’s University of London, found the landmark review of engagement studies by Jude Fransman in the latest issue of Research for All enlightening…
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How Cities Can Harness the Good – and Avoid the Bad – of the New Mobility Movement

From thecityfix.com

In late September, London made headlines when it stripped popular ride-hailing app Uber of its license to operate in the city. The wall-to-wall coverage that followed the decision was a sign, if any more were needed, that we are on the cusp of an...

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Small (City) Pieces, Loosely Joined by abhi nemani

From medium.com

Just as important as any technology is the infrastructure in place to sustain it: human, financial, and technical. When approaching this question — “what do we do?” —we need to have clarity on the systems and structures a city needs to have in place (in-house or not) for sustainable, meaningful innovation. Fortunately, over the past few years, we have seen a number of models emerge for governments keen on leveraging modern technology and modern approaches.
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Building Technology With, Not For Communities: An Engagement Guide for Civic Tech 

From medium.com

We need to invest more in the “civic” in civic tech — prioritizing community leadership in the creation of tech above the tools themselves.

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How the shutdown affects open data

From fcw.com

Developers rely on government data to build public-facing apps and services, and a lapse in appropriations can make things complicated.
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What Tech Will Look Like in 2039

From www.pcmag.com

We asked futurists, tech execs, academics, researchers, and a sci-fi writer to imagine our tech-driven society in 20 years. Take a peek into the future.
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What can virtual reality do for you?

From www.rics.org

Virtual reality in real estate is no longer just an idea – here is what it can look like in practice, says Andrew Pryke of BAM Design.
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The Scientist as Civic Partner – Infogagement

From medium.com

At a conference I attended a couple of years ago, a professor presented the results of a survey on what motivates scientists to engage with the public. The top reason scientists gave was to defend…
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Connecticut’s First State Data Plan

From www.govtech.com

Plus, New York City codifies its office of data analytics, U.S. Congress votes to approve the OPEN Government Data Act, Buffalo, N.Y., wins an award from the New York secretary of state for its local data work, and more.
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The Year We Wised Up About 'Smart Cities' - When Tech Companies Promise 'Smart Cities,' Be Afraid

From www.citylab.com

Technology companies aren't really built to fix society. So maybe think twice about letting them rebuild urban spaces.
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Top posts of 2018: Most efforts to control traffic don’t work. Here are four things that do. 

From ggwash.org

Whether it’s an apartment building, shopping center, or a mixed-use project, ostensibly well-intentioned residents regularly cite worsening traffic as the reason to stop new development. However, the most common methods communities push for to alleviate congestion make it worse, while the things that actually help usually face strong pushback.
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