Dave Eggers (Photo: Commonwealth Club)

Dave Eggers’ latest brings civic technology full ‘Circle’

Dave Eggers’ latest novel, “The Circle,” offers not-so-subtle social commentary on the increasing role technology companies play on our lives, for better or worse, and how our relationship with them could potentially impact what it means to be a citizen.

Port of San Francisco (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

Continuing San Francisco’s national leadership on open data

Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will take its final vote to approve my update to our city’s groundbreaking open data law. My open data ordinance, in its simplest terms, standardizes and sets timelines for the release of appropriate city government data.

Government contracting: Business size and the implications of cheating

Acquiring government contracts is hard work. So, when some businesses hear that there are set-aside federal contracts that are awarded specifically to small businesses, is it any wonder that some businesses try to misrepresent their size to try and win a bid?

Oakland (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

OpenOakland 1.5: A year and a half in review

As we close out the year, I wanted to reflect on a few things to put our work in perspective and also to lay out the vision for where we want to go in the new year.

2013 GovFresh Awards

Submit your nominations for the 2013 GovFresh Awards

Announcing the 2013 GovFresh Awards celebrating and honoring the greatest civic innovators and innovations of 2013.

Golden Gate Bridge (Photo: Luke Fretwell)

Is California forcing state agencies under one private cloud?

According to a document obtained by GovFresh, the California Department of General Services is issuing a list of stipulations to cloud computing vendors that forces them into an agreement to not sell their services to state agencies.

Department of Transportation

USDOT seeks CTO, deputy CIO

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a chief technology officer and a deputy chief information officer.

Growth of Civic Tech (Knight Foundation)

Knight: More than $430 million invested in civic tech since 2011

A new report from the Knight Foundation finds more than $430 million dollars was invested in civic-based technology companies and organizations from January 2011 to May 2013.

The Foundation for an Open Source City

Open source all the cities

Finally finished reading Jason Hibbets’ “The Foundation for an Open Source City,” a must-read for anyone interested in building a strong civic community, whether you’re an elected official, public servant or citizen.


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