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Technical Difficulties and Cyber Attacks

From elgl.org

Even after recognizing the attack and responding to reduce the damage, we were left without access to critical systems. Email access was gone for almost two weeks. Other critical systems­—including building permitting, business licensing, time clock, agenda, and more—were unavailable for many days.
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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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'Digital Community Engagement in Australia' Final Report

From www.iap2.org.au

As one of the winning projects from IAP2 Australasia’s first participatory budgeting process ‘Pitch for Practice’ ArneTech has been conducting research into digital community engagement in Australia as part of the grant funding for projects that will benefit all community engagement practitioners, particularly IAP2 members in Australasia. ArneTech are proud to announce that the research report is now finalised and are hosting events in Sydney, Melbourne and online to inform community engagement practitioners about the results.
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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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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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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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