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CodeAcross 2014

Our hackathon beat photographer, 5 year-old Elias Fretwell snaps a picture of Code for America’s Jack Madans summing up the vibe at OpenOakland’s CodeAcross 2014 event today.

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Pete Peterson on public engagement and, literally, a platform for civic innovation

Davenport Institute’s Pete Peterson has spent the last seven years working with local governments on improving their approach to public engagement. Now, he’s running for California secretary of state on a platform centered around civic innovation.

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Piqua sets the civic example for cities of all sizes

GovFresh 2013 Small City of the Year Piqua, Ohio, is a shining example of the old adage “small is beautiful.” With its multi-pronged approach to engaging citizens, Piqua is proof that it doesn’t take a big city budget to execute big civic ideas.

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New Zealand forks the United Kingdom

Perhaps the biggest civic open source story of 2013 was the government of New Zealand’s copying of the United Kingdom’s gov.uk code to begin building a new version of its own website.

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Inside looking out at Code for America open house.

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Startup.civ: StreetCred

StreetCred helps law enforcement agencies locate fugitives, get them out of the community, and bring the officers home safely each day.

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Inside the new BART.gov

Bay Area Rapid Transit Web Services Manager Timothy Moore discusses the recent upgrade of its flagship website, BART.gov, including a Drupal migration, embracing agile development, encouraging third-party developers to build off its open data and APIs, and plans for the future.

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GovFresh WP: building a government WordPress theme

Despite the fact that millions of websites around the world today are powered by low- and no-cost open source content management systems, nearly all small city governments remain trapped in the 90s. To date, however, this need hasn’t adequately been served, and we need to change this. We can change this.

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The politics of physics (and healthcare.gov)

Since last October the U.S. media, in full orgasmic throng, has been barking madly over the fate of the Healthcare.gov rollout. There has been overwhelming and obdurate polarization around positions on issues that would, in other arenas, be viewed through the objective lens of what most agree are facts.