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Omidyar Network and Village Capital Host India's First Civic Technology Event

From www.pressreleasepoint.com

Global philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network, in partnership with venture development firm Village Capital, hosted India's first-ever civic technology event - the Civic Tech Connect 2018- focused on bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to build India's civic tech ecosystem.

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Six or Seven Things Social Media Can Do For Democracy

From thegovlab.org

Ethan Zuckerman: “I am concerned that we’ve not had a robust conversation about what we want social media to do for us. We know what social media does for platform companies like Facebook and Twitter: it generates enormous masses of user-generated content that can be monetized with advertising, and reams of behavioral data that make …
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Smart cities: Digital solutions for a more livable future | McKinsey Report

From www.mckinsey.com

Learn how dozens of smart cities applications can perform in different types of urban settings, including a snapshot of technology deployment in 50 cities around the world.
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London’s smart city plan aims to connect its disparate governments

From apolitical.co

London has set out a vision to transform core services for the digital age. The city wants to reform its disparate governing bodies so they can share data better and collaborate more effectively on service design. The Smarter London Together roadmap, a plan to make the British capital the “world’s smartest city” published on 11 June, announces a common set of standards and design principle
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How Cities are Using Drones

From www.smartresilient.com

With a dramatic increase in the use of drones among public safety agencies, the varying use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) ranges widely across the country. From traffic and crowd control to whale rescue and pest control, state and local smart city planners are discovering the benefits of drone technology, while facing privacy and security challenges.
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5 Ways Community Gardens Can Help Your City or County

From icma.org

This week is National Gardening Week, and at first glance, you might think gardening has little to do with local government. There are initiatives like community gardens. However, that can serve an important culture and economic role for local governments. 

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How Chicago's Tradition of Civic Organizing Inspired the Best in Civic Tech

From www.govtech.com

Chi Hack Night has become a national model for sustainable and successful volunteer civic technology projects.
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‘People Need To Participate in the Design of Things That Are Meant for Them.’

From www.aspeninstitute.org

This interview with Eric Gordon, Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College; Founding Executive Director, Engagement Lab, is the fifteenth in the Center for Urban Innovation's Listening to Inclusive Innovators series.
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In the Age of Trump, Civics Courses Make a Comeback

From www.nytimes.com

Schools that traded history and government for more science and technology are rethinking the calculation, hoping to create a new generation of activists.
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Dockless bikes: Are they bad for station-based bike-sharing systems?

From www.curbed.com

Two studies show where bike-share ridership in the U.S. might be headed.
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Kilauea Volcano and Edge Computing: Mitigating natural disasters

From www.smartresilient.com

Utilizing the IoT and edge computing can help governments prepare for and mitigate natural disasters.
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We Need to Talk About the Far-Out Future of Cities

From www.citylab.com

How do we shift our mindsets? How do we think about our urban historical past? Mayors, thought leaders, and practitioners weigh in.
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Civic Tech: How Startups Can Connect Citizens and Local Government

From www.public.io

Civic tech startups are sprouting up with increasing frequency. But what makes a quality civic tech startup? Connecting citizens and governments; improving public services; amplifying the public's voice; and increasing transparency and accountability, are all key.
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City Scrapers Helps the Code-Curious Get Involved in Civic Tech

From medium.com

This January, we kicked off City Bureau’s City Scrapers Project, an open-source coding community that collects, standardizes and shares information on local public meetings (i.e., City Council…
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6 Essential Smart City Technologies | Smart & Resilient Cities

From www.smartresilient.com

Technological literacy is key to turn a city into a smart city which is well connected, sustainable and resilient.
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Creating Spaces for People to Participate in Urban Planning

From nextcity.org

“It’s like actual people who have been oppressed or marginalized and really have no access to the dominant economy at all, are just like, ‘Ok then. We’re going to create our our autonomous economy and system of governance,’” she says. “Which is, I feel, how it should be … absolute direct democracy to the point of people making the decisions and implementing them directly.”
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Blockchain as a force for good: How this technology could transform the sharing economy

From www.shareable.net

Blockchain has become one of those buzzwords that commands attention and carries a powerful social glow, yet in the likes of similar buzzwords that have attained such a prized status, it has lost much of its meaning. Blockchain has become a catchall term for just about any digital ledger system regardless of crucial variations in its design. With so many blockchain projects ranging from social impact initiatives to opportunistic marketing ploys, it can be difficult to discern which projects hold real potential.
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Free video resources for engagement, group decision making and deliberation

From www.mosaiclab.com.au

Free instructional videos for you to use with your group, team or organisation.  Great for preparing a group for a facilitated process (Such as a community engagement workshop or activity), for training purposes or to enhance your internal presentation to your team.
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What’s New in Civic Tech: Bloomberg Announces $42 Million Addition to What Works Cities Initiative

From www.govtech.com

Plus, 18F details efforts to improve state government RFP process, Code for Tampa Bay launches a second monthly meetup in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla., and Syracuse, N.Y., CDO shares the benefits of hosting civic hackathons.
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Participatory placemaking: concepts, methods and practices

From blog.placemanagement.org

Editorial by Prof Ares Kalandides In the history of urban planning, we have seen regular paradigm shifts that often reflect broader societal developments as much as disciplinary trends and fashions. Few feuds in the discipline have reached the emblematic status that had the one between Robert Moses
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The Future of Civic Engagement - Promising Practices

From www.govexec.com

The precipitous drop in public trust in government over the past decade has been unsettling, but engaging citizens directly may help reverse this trend.
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What It Means To Lead An Inclusive City In 2018–And Into The Future

From www.fastcompany.com

In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf is leading the exceptionally diverse city through a period of unprecedented growth and investment–while trying to create an ethos of inclusion.
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