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Marketplace Demo: Video

During the first annual Code for America Summit, a major piece of the event was held for demos — quick, focused presentations of real-world examples of impact. Two Civic Commons team members, Nick Grossman and Jeremy Canfield, took to the stage to demo the CC Marketplace (then in closed beta, now open for business!). If [...]

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Now Recruiting: Spring Research Interns to Help Disrupt Government IT

At Code for America and Civic Commons, we’re a small team with a big mission: we’re trying to change the way governments work, the way they leverage technology, and the way they interact with citizens. We think central to that effort is developing a deep understanding of the current environment — specifically around their use [...]

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Civic Engagement App, Change By Us, Enters the Commons

As cities are facing growing demands and shrinking resources, they have to find new ways of solving problems. Change by Us, a new digital platform that enables citizens to collaborate on projects for city improvement themselves, is a promising model of a new kind of civic engagement. Launched in New York City earlier this year, [...]

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Budget Transparency & Visualization Tool, Look at Cook, Open Sourced

Earlier this year, Cook County released “Look at Cook,” a budget visualization tool to help citizens understand how the county spends taxpayer dollars. As the site says, residents “keep asking, ‘Where exactly does our money go?’” Look at Cook attempts to help answer that question with spending breakdowns by area and year, as well as [...]

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VanRoekel Calls for Lean, “Future First” Federal IT Agenda

The nation’s new Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel unveiled on Tuesday his “Future First” agenda, which emphasized the need to change the way government procures software and sets policy: In the end, we can’t build a 21st century government without fundamentally changing how we invest in technology. Traditionally, it has taken years for an IT solution to move [...]

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New America Foundation’s Gov 2.0 Report Highlights IT Dashboard

This morning the New America Foundation released a comprehensive Gov 2.0 report about how California’s local governments are using technology to connect with the public and improve services. “Hear Us Now? A California Survey of Digital Technology’s Role in Civic Engagement and Local Government” is a survey of 41 different innovations from across the state, [...]

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Open Data: Bringing Down the Barriers to Innovation

Today, representatives from dozens of countries are coming together at the United Nations in New York for the Open Government Partnership. They will discuss shared commitments to making government more accountable, efficient, and participatory. (See their lovely overview video below.) As I believe open data will need to be a centerpiece of that effort and [...]

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NYC Turns to the Crowd for Bike Share

New York City is launching a new option for transportation: Bike Share. Instead of hopping into a cab or jumping on the subway, you’ll soon be able to grab a bike from one of the self-service bike docking stations around town. It’s a system that’s gaining increasing popularity in metropolitan areas including Boston, Washington, and [...]

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An Open Data Race in Philly

As we’ve previously written, there are many advantages for governments if they open up their data, ranging from visualizations and better decision-making to citizen engagement and broader awareness. A challenge, however, lies in the process of opening it up — and not just technically. As has been pointed out, a difficult question is, “Where to [...]

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Help Us Seed the Commons: CC Research Internship

Civic Commons exists to help governments share technology, and over the next few months, we’re in the process of building a literal “Commons” — an online marketplace to connect government officials with the knowledge about the civic technology they need. We believe a robust marketplace can disrupt the way governments are currently using technology, making [...]

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