Civic Tech

Cities are upgrading their council meetings for remote participation

by • 3 months ago

More people want to participate in city council meetings during the pandemic and some cities are making the needed upgrades to support the demand.

Coronavirus kicks Code for America brigades into action across cities

by • 5 months ago

The civic tech group's local chapters have been developing apps and other tools to help people navigate through the economic hardships of the pandemic.

Pandemic boosted public's interest in government, city officials say

by • 7 months ago

Attendance numbers of public meetings in San Francisco and Seattle are up, according to numbers provided by their broadcasting stations, as people obey stay-at-home orders and millions file for unemployment.

Code for America appoints Amanda Renteria as new CEO

by • 7 months ago

Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka is succeeded by Amanda Renteria, former chief of staff to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

'Smart' parking meter vendor had data stolen in ransomware attack

by • 7 months ago

CivicSmart, which sells parking meters and software to cities around the world, appears to have paid a ransom after some of its files were published by hackers.

Federal agencies launch innovation challenge for local governments

by • 8 months ago

The National Science Foundation and departments of Homeland Security and Energy are backing the $9 million effort to develop resiliency solutions for local governments

Code for America chief Jennifer Pahlka to step down Jan. 31

by • 10 months ago

Pahlka, who previously announced the organization's search for a new executive director, will remain a consultant and member of its board of directors.

Cities need specialists to keep pace with emerging tech, experts say

by • 11 months ago

Panelists at the Consumer Electronics Show suggested cities hire people — which they referred to as "lookers" — to manage civic-tech pilot projects.

San Francisco innovation chief Krista Canellakis steps down

by • 1 year ago

After seven years of projects, often involving connecting government with private-sector expertise, the city's chief innovation officer is moving on.