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Hello, World! Civicist Is Born

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 1 2015

Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

We’re very excited to announce the launch of Civicist, a hub for news and analysis of the civic tech world. We will cover the growing ecosystem of people and projects using tech for civic purposes, building on the community-organizing and network-weaving we’ve done every June since 2004 during Personal Democracy Forum, and now year-round at Civic Hall. With this announcement, we’re also going to mothball techPresident, the group blog and news site that we started in 2007 to focus on how tech is changing politics. If you are a loyal techPresident reader, don’t worry—we are still going to keep an eye on that arena. But with Civicist (pronounced "Civik-ist"), we are going to focus especially on the ways people are using tech for social good.

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First POST: Edges

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 15 2015

Let the White House know what you think about the new homepage; why Democrats need a competitive primary to maintain their edge in political tech; California Highway Patrol reminded to not talk about how they track political protesters on social media; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Organizers

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, April 9 2015

The real reason police are okay with body cams; how tech is affecting police reform; secrecy surrounding police use of Stingray cellphone surveillance; a Pew study of teens and social media; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Modern Times

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 17 2015

Oregon is automatically registering people to vote; study says almost 9 in 10 Americans have heard something about gov't surveillance; a spam filtering service had full access to Hillary Clinton's email, unencrypted; and much, much more. Read More

Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, February 26 2015

Mark Pesce speaking at Civic Hall in NYC Feb 26 2015

A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited. Read More

First POST: Foreshadowing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 3 2015

The emerging FCC deal on net neutrality; Obama's plans to expand federal digital teams; Google's plans to compete with Uber; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Monkeying

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 22 2015

Net neutrality proponents call foul on the GOP's plans; StandUnited.com seeks to be the right's Change.org; tons of civic tech news from mySociety, Chicago and Civic Hall in NYC; and much, much more. Read More

Civic Hall Launch: City Officials, Corporate Reps & Civic Technologists Offer Best Wishes

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, January 21 2015

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer (Photo: Marina Villela)

A whopping 23 guests spoke at a packed Civic Hall launch event last night, beginning with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and closing with the CEO of Do Something, Nancy Lublin. Speakers included representatives from financial supporters Microsoft, Google and the Omidyar Network, as well as from Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo's administrations.

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Beta Members Lead Civic Hall Open House "Unconference"

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, January 21 2015

Session on "measurable emotional resonance," led by Deanna Zandt (Marina Villela)

After attending several of the unconference sessions at the Civic Hall open house, which were for the most part all run by beta members, a theme emerged. Feelings.

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First POST: Goggles

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, January 20 2015

More on the shifting net neutrality debate; how Ready for Hillary plans to share its digital assets; the family roots of Civic Hall; and much, much more. Read More