To date, smart city initiatives have been largely top down efforts accompanied by hefty infrastructure investments. They’ve also targeted similar areas for improvements, like parking, street lighting, transportation, water and energy use, and waste management.   However, in “The next-generation …

How the New ‘Smart’ City Tackles Disaster Management with Open Data and Civic Tech Read more »

“We support open government not just because it is good for business but because is central to human rights and dignity” concluded a leading member of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the recent Open Government Partnership (OGP) …

Opening Government through Business in Pakistan Read more »

Journalism Education Knight International Media Innovators Digital Journalism Fellows talk civic tech and open data in Africa, mapping media organizations in South America, big news for a recent fellow and more from the Knight Fellows in this week’s roundup.

The US government puts open data to serious use this week, shining a spotlight on Big Pharma’s influence on medical care, and pushing to solve world hunger. Meanwhile, Virginians just want to have some open data fun — and profit. …

Civic Awesome: Open Data in the News for the Week of July 13, 2015 Read more »

On May 23, 2015, hackers from 19 countries gathered online and in person for Femhack, a grassroots international feminist hackathon inspired by the life and work of Sabeen Mahmud. Passionate about civic technology, Mahmud started Pakistan’s first hackathon. Her efforts were not without controversy, …

The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good Read more »

Traditionally there is only one reason for the public sector to invest in projects, we call it market failure and basically means two things: (i) it is not happening, the market doesn’t provide it naturally and/or (ii) the benefits of …

A call to arms ! Cities should invest in Civic Tech Accelerators & Marketplaces ! Read more »

This is a guest post by Kersti Ruth Wissenbach, our Open Knowledge Ambassador in the Netherlands. At our Re:publica session in May we set out to bring together transparency and accountability practitioners from traditional NGOs as well as from the …

Civic Tech and NGOs … wait, and donors – Can we be better collaborators in global Transparency and Accountability work? Read more »

Governments can do a lot, no doubt, we can have a long list of policies to implement and all of them are important, from tax policy to changing procurement. However, many times is important to reflect on the essentials. Are …

Do we want a Digital Government & a tech cluster in our Cities? The 3 essentials Read more »

Gathering at its San Francisco headquarters June 10, the civic innovation group Code for America (CfA) showcased a lineup of latest apps and efforts for eight localities in 2015. Tagged as its BETA event, the meeting provided a status update …

The Future of Civic Tech: 8 Localities Showcase Their Initiatives Read more »