Mike Flowers (Photo: Code for America)

Analytics and outcome-based government

Michael Flowers shares insights into his time as the former New York City chief analytics officer at the NYC Office of Data Analytics under Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the 2014 Code for America Summit.

Photo: Luke Fretwell

Doubling down on government technology

We’ve recently seen an uptick in venture capital interest around government and civic technology startups, but before we enthusiastically celebrate these investments, we must ask ourselves whether this potential bubble will truly reshape government IT or simply leave us five years from now in the same place we are today.

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Hack like Ben Franklin

Code for America’s Catherine Bracy has a great TED Talk on civic hacking and one of America’s greatest civic hackers, Ben Franklin, inspired a brigade of do-good developers across the world.

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Baratunde on how to code back

Internet Renaissance man Baratunde Thurston is the latest tech celebrity to pitch the Code for America fellowship program targeted to developers, designers, researchers, data enthusiasts, urban planners and entrepreneurs who want to make a civic difference.

Gaming the future of government

On January 22-23, the Institute for the Future will host Connected Citizens, a 24-hour collective forecasting game to “to rethink and reprogram government services for a complex and connected world.”

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Crowdfunding government (VIDEO)

Citizinvestor co-founder Jordan Raynor discusses the rise of the ‘micro-philanthropist’ and how digital tools are empowering citizens to help crowdfund public projects.

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‘Hack City’ (VIDEO)

Great video highlighting what a civic hackathon is and how it works via a re-cap of GreenBiz’s recent three-day ‘Hack City.’

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Building civic ‘Startup Communities’

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of a more structured approach to community with respect to the civic technology movement, which is why I picked up Brad Feld’s ‘Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.’

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Open source democracy

Great Clay Shirky TED Talk on how distributed version control and “having access to all the source code all of the time” will one day change the way government works.

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America’s coolest mayor

This is the first time I’ve heard of Harvard-educated, professional wrestler look-alike and Braddock, Pennsylvania, mayor John Fetterman, featured in this episode of Hulu’s “A Day In The Life” series.