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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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Advice for Ethical Use of Data and Technology in the Nonprofit Sector

From www.plusacumen.org

Discover the greatest challenges and opportunities for nonprofits leveraging data and technology in this expert interview with Civic Hall, a collaborative community center dedicated to embedding civic values at the intersection of tech and society.
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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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France's Great Debate: Civic Washing or Real Engagement?

From civichall.org

With more than 2 million comments and 500,000 participants, France's Grand Debate has been the country's largest experiment in civic engagement.
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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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How government can design services as addictive as Google's

From apolitical.co

Behavioural insights and better service design can help government can build products as habit-forming as Google, Instagram and Facebook.
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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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Improving Wellbeing Using Three Key Pillars in Collaborative Infrastructure

From newcities.org

Missing Infrastructure I’ve been thinking a lot about infrastructure lately, and not just about roads, bridges, cables, and pipes. Those are indeed all part of infrastructure, and very essential parts of infrastructure at that. Without these physical structures, keeping the lights on, driving your car, even flushing the toilet would be a whole different ball …
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U.S. civic tech, ten years in: Building on progress to tap civic tech’s full potential

From luminategroup.com

The U.S. Luminate team turned to Dalberg to identify and analyze trends and lessons from the last decade of U.S. civic tech. We hope the findings will inform not only our work going forward, but also that of our partners and co-investors.
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After Amazon: How Cities Can Use Tech to Their Benefit

From www.centreforpublicimpact.org

After Amazon's HQ2 snafu, cities and tech companies are re-examining their relationship. A new handbook helps show cities their way to innovation.
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Civic tech to lead the way for a more open society in Mexico

From medium.com

Diego Arredondo: I got involved in civic tech a few years ago, in 2014. Prior to my involvement in Codeando México, I worked within this collective called Wikipolítica. It was the beginning of my…
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The best bike maps are made by volunteers 

From www.citymetric.com

Not all bike routes are equal. Some places that are marked as bike routes on a map feel precarious when traversed on two wheels, including shoulders covered in debris and places where you can feel the wind from speeding cars.

North American cities are building more bicycling routes, by adding on-street painted lanes, physically separated cycle tracks, bicycle-only or multi-use paths and local street bikeways. These different kinds of routes appeal to different types of users, from the interested but concerned cyclist to the keen road rider.
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New City Civic Engagement Commission Launched

From www.gothamgazette.com

The 15-member commission was established in the charter through a ballot referendum approved by voters in November, one product of a charter revision commission set up by de Blasio last year. The commission is tasked broadly with increasing involvement in city civic life, and specifically with improving voter access by providing interpreters at polling sites and administering a citywide participatory budgeting program modeled on the system used by the New York City Council.
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Radio: It’s (Still) Good for Democracy 

From medium.com

As media and journalism met the digital age, platforms have evolved to reach audiences, share information, and engage citizens in innovative ways. It’s this dynamic that inspired Infogagement…
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Open Data, Civic Engagement, and Delivery – Did We Go the Wrong Way?

From medium.com

Open data is what I do — or at least what I used to do. Looking back now, I have begun to wonder whether we might have been looking at things in the wrong way, or more to the point, whether I have been looking at things, just, wrong.
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