Civic Tech Digest — Week of 04/03

Hello and welcome!

By releasing this weekly digest of Civic Tech news, we hope to cut through the noise and keep you up to date on the most important developments in the world of government, data/technology, and innovation.

Who are we? We are Patrick Han and Cherie Chung, and we are 2016 Venture for America Fellows, both working at civic tech companies. Patrick works as a Product Specialist for Azavea, a Philadelphia B corp that works on spatial analysis and software projects for mission-driven organizations (see Cicero). Cherie works as a Data Analyst at DigitalC, a civic tech collaboration that partners with the Cleveland community to design technology-driven programs and services. We are both passionate about civic technology and the future of cities.

Without further ado, here’s our first weekly round-up!

1. Tech Activism Rises Under Trump

Innovative new tech tools and platforms, such as StayWoke, 5Calls.org, and ResistBot, are making it easier than ever to engage in civic activism.

Intrigued? Check out a counterpoint article and full listing of resist projects, curated by CivicHall!

Also on the rise are tools designed for fact-checking, such as LazyTruth and CivilServant.

2. Bloomberg Philanthropy Launches Smart City Certification

Bloomberg Philanthropy created the first-ever national standard for data-driven local government. All cities with a population above 30,000 can apply for a What Works Cities certification, resulting in an assessment of their data practices and a potential “platinum”, “gold”, or “silver” certification status.

3. The Ultimate 2016 Presidential Election Map

Amateur cartographer Ryne Rhola made the most detailed national map of the 2016 election by compiling data at the precinct level, providing the most granular glimpse yet at how our nation voted. Check it out here!

4. Canadian Town picks Uber for public transit

Innisfil, Ontario, population of 32,747, concluded that subsidizing the car-hailing service is cheaper and more flexible than running its own buses. Citizens will pay between CA$3 and CA$5 after the subsidy.

5. Code for Canada Launch

Ontario Minister of Digital Government Deb Matthews announced the launch of Code for Canada, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping governments build more efficient, digital public services.


That’s it for this week. Follow CivicTech for America on Medium to get notified when this digest is released every Friday. See you next week!