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Gavin Newsom On the Meaning of "Citizenville:" A Q&A

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, February 26 2013

Sergey Brin helps Gavin Newsom put on a pair of Google glasses. Image: Current TV

California's lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has just published "Citizenville," a light volume at around 240 pages that urges American citizens and their local governments to re-imagine how the process of governing might work in the digital age. In an edited Q&A, Sarah Lai Stirland asks Newsom to explain the meaning behind his manifesto. Read More

How Open Source Civic Technology Helped Flu Vaccinations Go Viral

BY Sam Roudman | Tuesday, January 15 2013

Photo: rocknroll_guitar / Flickr

In the middle of what might be the worst flu season in a decade, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency — and civic hackers found a way to help the cause. With help from Code for America volunteers, the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics was able to repurpose a Chicago app that maps free vaccination locations in little more than a day, just in time for a weekend vaccination campaign at 24 locations. The app's journey from Chicago to Boston is a model of intra-civic partnership. Read More

Code for America announces 2013 Fellows

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, October 19 2012

Code for America has announced the 29 fellows who will participate in its 2013 fellowship program. The fellowship participants include user experience designers, graphic designers, urbanists, and project managers, some of whom are leaving positions at companies such as Google, Cisco, Newsweek, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to participate, according to a press release. Read More

New Tool Tracks Blight in New Orleans

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, October 12 2012

Code for America New Orleans has released an online application to track the spread of blight in the city, incorporating data from across multiple city departments.

Code for America explains that the city uses a legal process to prosecute blighted properties, sell them or demolish them with the eventual goal of putting them back on the market. The application is meant to collect information about blighted properties in one place to save time for engaged residents, activists and nonprofits, the organization explains in a blog post.

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California Judges' Economic Interests Will Be Made Searchable Online Next Monday

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, October 9 2012

Anyone who wants to look up the economic interests of California judges will be able to do so more easily online next Monday thanks to a pilot project underway at the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Read More

Boston's Office Of New Urban Mechanics Hires First In-House Developer

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, October 5 2012

Boston's office of New Urban Mechanics is hiring former Code for America Fellow Michael Evans as its first in-house developer as it seeks to build out a team of "civic technologists." Evans, 32, starts his new job in ... Read More

New Code for America Project Seeks To 'MoneyBall' Criminal Justice System

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, October 4 2012

Photo: Shutterstock

A new Code for America project seeks to resolve a conundrum: With crime rates down significantly since the 1980s, why are incarceration rates much higher? Read More

How The White House Is Reaching Out To The Tech Community To Hack Government-As-Usual

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, September 25 2012

Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, solicits ideas from the crowd. Photo: Sarah Lai Stirland

As politicos ratchet up the election-year rhetoric over the role of the government on the campaign trail, a small group of White House staffers and volunteers from the technology community are quietly getting down to the brass tacks: They’re engaging in what amounts to a national tour to crowdsource outside-the-Beltway talent in the ongoing quest to make impenetrable government processes more accessible. Read More

In Philadelphia, an Experiment in Funding Civic Projects

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, September 13 2012

Photo Illustration: Citizinvestor

Sadly, money does not grow on trees. But a new Kickstarter-style platform's first project is based on the idea that maybe the reverse can be true.

Citizinvestor, a platform to crowdfund civic projects, officially launched Wednesday in Philadelphia with its first project: TreePhilly, a campaign led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with Wells Fargo and Fairmount Park Conservancy, to plant trees throughout the city. The project partners are asking the good people of Philadelphia to put up $12,875 towards the idea in the next 59 days. So far 18 backers have given a total of $555.

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Detroit Residents Can Now Track Buses in Real Time

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, September 5 2012

Detroit's brochure explains how its new text-messaging bus arrival time information system works

Code for America and Detroit enable real-time bus arrival information via text messaging. Read More