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Blood, Sweat & Civic Hacking

The recent article “Open Data and Civic Apps: First-Generation Failures, Second Generation Improvements” by Melissa Lee, Esteve Almirall and Jonathan Wareham looks at early efforts to build civic applications through government-sponsored app challenges.  842 more words

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Thinking Small on Civic Tech

Designing simple systems is one of the great challenges of Government 2.0. It means the end of grand, feature-filled programs, and their replacement by minimal services extensible by others.

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Who Uses Civic Tech?

Who uses civic technology, and why should we care?

A new study from mySociety – a non-profit based in the UK that focuses on civic tech – helps us answer these questions and provides some invaluable information for the civic technology community, and for governments. 869 more words

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Building Real-Time Dashboards using Accela, Connect and Runscope

Dashboards are an incredible medium to distill raw data into useful and visual tools. They can be used to support myriad of activities, from decision making to the enablement of improved transparency of organizations.   795 more words

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Buck the system or work the system?


“Systems are broken because they exist to sustain themselves, and the people who run the system rely on the system to stay the same. Why should they change it?
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Announcing the 2015 Accela Civic App Challenge Winners

Last week in Los Angeles, at the annual Accela Engage Conference, we announced the winners of our 2015 Accela Civic App Challenge.

This year’s app challenge saw an increase in the number of participants, and the projects that were submitted for final judging were among the most creative and innovative solutions for leveraging the Accela Civic Platform that we have seen. 175 more words

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The Civic Hacker Hacked

“The countercultural trickster has been pressed into the service of the preppy tech entrepreneur class. It began innocently, no doubt. The association of the hacker ethic with startups might have started with an authentic counter-cultural impulse on the part of outsider nerds tinkering away on websites.

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