This Week in Civic Tech: Week of May 15th, 2017
What is this? This Week in Civic Tech is a weekly roundup of news about the people and organizations making government work better for everyone in a digital age, brought to you by Code for America.
Rebekah Monson, founder of Code for Miami, recently wrote a piece for The Atlantic on freeing technology from the pace of bureaucracy. She describes technology as a tool that can be used for good or for ill, depending on how it’s applied, and highlights how it can be used to improve how well democracy works for its citizens. Read on for the full story.
The nonprofit organization mySociety recently released data all about "civic tech cities," exploring five case studies of municipal civic tech operating in the U.S. The research, conducted with support from Microsoft, was intended to examine how civic tech implemented by government is currently operating, who is using it, and what impacts it is having upon service delivery. Read on for more about the findings.
The food pantry locator tool that the Sacramento Code for America Brigade built for the Sacramento Food Bank (SFBFS) is now live. Food bank users can now locate pantries in their area by simply providing their zip code, instead of having to search through a pdf listing all of the pantries in the Sacramento County. Working alongside SFBFS coordinators, brigade volunteers customized an existing mapping tool for that purposes. The project evolved out of a National Day of Civic Hacking food insecurity project in Sacramento last June. Test out the tool here.
The City of Boston is hiring a Chief Digital Officer to bring a user-centered, iterative, design thinking perspective to the Digital Services team. Apply here.
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