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Civic Engagement: It’s for the Long Haul

From www.aspeninstitute.org

As before in this series, I asked practitioners–two government officials, founders of gov-tech start-ups, a leader in community organizing and participatory budgeting, and a university official–five questions about civic engagement:

These interviews reveal three important lessons for creating and implementing inclusive and effective civic engagement

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Civic Engagement Launchpad 2018: Project Idea Submission —

From codeforphilly.org

Find out what we're looking for in a project idea and how you can submit your idea ahead of Launchpad kick off.
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From 'smart cities' to 'smart citizens': when technology meets activism

From www.ouishare.net

Could the rise of the smart city be only the beginning of a dystopian future where we are ruled by corporations? Or could people become the smart citizens needed to use technology for the people and by the people? And if so, how can new digital tools be used to create smart citizens? 
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It's time to make govtech work for the public, not just technocrats

From www.wired.co.uk

A global govtech sector is emerging to make government more efficient. But is that always the best thing for democracy?
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This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of

From www.fastcompany.com

Urban Footprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions. 
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Participatory Budgeting - Cast Your Vote This Week At LinkNYC Kiosks

From bklyner.com

PROSPECT HEIGHTS - Participatory Budgeting has officially begun! Residents of Brooklyn, ages 11 and up, have until April 15 to vote for their favorite projects they want to see completed in their districts. 
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Why we play games (when designing engagement)

From www.dialoguebydesign.co.uk

When designing engagement, we often turn to gamification. We asked people to build their own city as part of on food security for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and to make finance decisions to ensure their water supply to support Bristol Water in their business planning process. We use arts and crafts, …
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Could the open government movement shut the door on Freedom of Information?

From theconversation.com

During Sunshine Week, three scholars of government transparency look at a potential collision between the old freedom of information movement and the new open government movement. Is there room for both?
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Leveraging A City Budget for Smart Urban Reform

From meetingoftheminds.org

Transforming your city on a budget can foster a bottom-up approach to public policy and urban transformation. It can manifest a sort of direct democracy that empowers citizens, community groups, and local businesses to be change agents in their cities – and to work in collaboration with city officials to foster a vibrant city life. There are many ways citizens and governments can collaborate. Below are only a few modest, yet transformative, approaches for revolutionizing cities.
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Reflections on community-university engagement

From www.universityaffairs.ca

Founding director of UBC’s Learning Exchange looks at lessons learned from reaching out to Canada’s poorest urban neighbourhood.
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What We Mean When We Talk about “Civic Tech”

From www.newamerica.org

As anyone who has spent time working in or around civic technology knows, certain healthy debates tend to come up time and again, get batted around for a bit, and then fall away unresolved.
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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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Digital democracy: Steps towards equality or a road to gentrification?

From www.oecd-forum.org

Civic Tech and digital democracy have the potential to make dreams of engaged citizens and responsive governments working together a reality. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety, reflects on the risks of rushing into digital and how we can approach it for the benefit of all.
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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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Deep Listening to Map a Community’s Information Needs

From medium.com

At first glance, Oakland may be seen as a city with a thriving Spanish-language media scene. There are as many as four bilingual newspapers distributed in certain parts of town. Turn the radio dial and you will hear Spanish on several AM and FM stations, and there is nightly news on both Univisión and Telemundo. As one San Francisco-based ethnic media specialist told me, “when I think of news deserts, I don’t think of Oakland.”
But speak with the audiences of those outlets and you find much to be desired.

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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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Making participation more deliberative, and deliberation more participatory

From medium.com

5 takeaways from the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference
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The Power of Ecosystems for Problem-Solving · Living Cities

From www.livingcities.org

What do biological ecosystems have to do with promoting social change? In our work, using the metaphor of ecosystems has been a powerful tool for taking on complex and evolving problems.
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Waymo Makes Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet

From www.theatlantic.com

Autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020, if Waymo’s time line is correct.
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Where Does Data Fit in the Quest for Sustainable Cities?

From www.govtech.com

New technology and real-time analytics are helping cities use energy more wisely, while galvanizing support throughout the community.
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