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Civic Technology

Civic technology is an exciting development in the future of the relationship between communities, technology and government.  Civic technology brings together open civic data, technology and a set of practices that emphasize citizen involvement, coproduction and collaboration. Some of the  practices involved include Code for America Fellowships and Brigades, Hackathons and Civic Hacking and involvement of many sectors in planning and development.



MIT Civic Media Lab  https://www.media.mit.edu/groups/civic-media/overview/

Code for America   https://www.codeforamerica.org/

Emerson College Engagement Lab  https://elab.emerson.edu/

The Knight Foundation  https://knightfoundation.org/

Living Cities   https://www.livingcities.org/

My Society   https://www.mysociety.org/

UNC Civic Technology Microsite https://www.sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/civictech (John B. Stephens)


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David, N., Justice, J.B. & McNutt, J.G. (2018).  Smart Cities, Transparency, Civic Technology and Reinventing Government.[19-34]. In M. P Rodríguez Bolívar ed. Smart Technologies for Smart Governments. Transparency, Efficiency and Organizational Issues. edited by Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar. Berlin: Springer.

Dawes, S. S., Vidiasova, L., & Parkhimovich, O. (2016). Planning and designing open government data programs: An ecosystem approach. Government Information Quarterly, 33(1), 15-27.
Gilman, H. R. (2016). Participatory budgeting and civic tech: The revival of citizen engagement. Georgetown University Press.

Golsteijn, C., Gallacher, S., Capra, L., & Rogers, Y. (2016, June). Sens-Us: Designing innovative civic technology for the public good. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 39-49). ACM.

Gordon, E., & Mihailidis, P. (Eds.). (2016). Civic media: Technology, design, practice. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Hou, Y. (2016, February). Understand the design and implementation of civic technologies in public organizations. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion (pp. 147-150). ACM.

Hou, Y., & Lampe, C. (2017, June). Sustainable hacking: characteristics of the design and adoption of civic hacking projects. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (pp. 125-134). ACM.

Hou, Y., & Wang, D. (2017). Hacking with NPOs: collaborative analytics and broker roles in civic data hackathons. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 1(CSCW), 53.

Johnson, P. & Robinson, P. (2014). Civic hackathons: Innovation, procurement, or civic engagement?. Review of Policy Research, 31(4), 349-357.

Justice, J., McNutt, J.G. Melitski,  J., Ahn, M.,  David, N.,  Siddiqui, S. & Ronquillo, J.C. (2018). The Civic Technology Movement: Implications for Nonprofit Theory and Practice. (89) In McNutt, J.G.  (ed)  Technology, Activism and Social Justice in a Digital Age. London & New York:  Oxford University Press. 

Kontokosta, C. E. (2016). The quantified community and neighborhood labs: A framework for computational urban science and civic technology innovation. Journal of Urban Technology, 23(4), 67-84.
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McNutt, J.G., Justice, J.B., Melitski, M.J, Ahn, M.J., Siddiqui, S, Carter, D.T*. & Kline, A. D.* (2016).  The diffusion of civic technology and open government in the United States.  Information Polity 21:  153-170.

Nah, S., & Yamamoto, M. (2017). Civic technology and community building: Interaction effects between integrated connectedness to a storytelling network (ICSN) and Internet and mobile uses on civic participation. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 22(4), 179-195.

Perng, S. Y., & Kitchin, R. (2018). Solutions and frictions in civic hacking: collaboratively designing and building wait time predictions for an immigration office. Social & Cultural Geography, 19(1), 1-20.

Robinson, P. J., & Johnson, P. A. (2016). Civic hackathons: New terrain for local government-citizen interaction?. Urban Planning, 1(2), 65-74.

Rumbul, R. (2016, September). ICT and citizen efficacy: the role of civic technology in facilitating government accountability and citizen confidence. In IFIP World Information Technology Forum (pp. 213-222). Springer, Cham.

Rumbul, R. (2015). Who Benefits From Civic Technology? Demographic and public attitudes research into the users of civic technology. London: mySociety.

Saldivar, J., Parra, C., Alcaraz, M., Arteta, R., & Cernuzzi, L. (2018). Civic Technology for Social Innovation. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 27(3-6), 1215-1253.

Sieber, R. E., & Johnson, P. A. (2015). Civic open data at a crossroads: Dominant models and current challenges. Government Information Quarterly, 32(3), 308-315.

Stephens, J. (2017). Civic Technology: Open Data and Citizen Volunteers as a Resource for North Carolina Local Governments.  Chapel Hill, NC: School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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