Working in Public

Nadia Eghbal

The Perfect Weapon

David E. Sanger


Andy Greenberg

Revolution 2.0

Wael Ghonim

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Proudly Serving

Rebecca Woodbury, Marlena Medford, Luke Fretwell

Digital Transformation at Scale

Andrew Greenway, Ben Terrett, Mike Bracken, Tom Loosemore

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Gavin Newsom

Direct message

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Jarah Meador

Director of Challenge.Gov + CitizenScience.Gov

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Rebecca Woodbury

Local gov content strategist

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Victor Sauceda

CEO, founder, justice reform advocate, community leader, change agent

Marlena Medford

Marlena Medford

Civic tech evangelizer. Storyteller. Diversity seeker.

Joe DiStefano

Joe DiStefano

Resiliency planner, startup founder, SimCity aficionado

Carla Briceno

Carla Briceno

CEO and co-founder, Bixal

Angie Quirarte

Angie Quirarte

Civic techie, bureaucracy hacker, dot connecter


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U.S. Web Design System

A design system for the federal government.

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The Opportunity Project

Use government data to build digital tools with, by, and for the people.

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Public Sans

A font for government, by government.

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NSA Technology Transfer Program

Transfers NSA-developed technology to industry, academia and other research organizations, benefitting the economy and the Agency mission.

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NASA Technology Transfer Program

Bringing NASA technology down to earth.

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Census Open Innovation Labs

Trailblazing open government through cross-sector collaboration, design, and technology.




Chief data officers playbook

A web version of the official U.S. government CDO playbook.


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Review: Dignity in a Digital Age

Congressman Ro Khanna thinks different about the role of technology and democracy.

Review: A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide

A must-read for the entire civic spectrum.


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Civic hacking CDC notifiable diseases

Building a map of weekly notifiable disease cases across the United States.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking USAJOBS

Re-imagining federal government job openings with the USAJOBS API.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking National Geodetic Survey survey marks

Building a survey mark finder app.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking the National Park Service

Building a national parks directory with the NPS API.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking FDA's National Drug Code Directory

Building a look-up of Food and Drug Administration approved medicines.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking CISA cybersecurity news

Building a cybersecurity news page using the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency RSS feeds.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking NASA (astronomy picture of the day)

Building a space photo of the day page using NASA's astronomy picture of the day API.

Luke Fretwell

Screenshot of Department of Interior page on USA.GovFresh.

Civic hacking the Federal Register

Building an executive branch agency list using the National Archives' Federal Register API.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking .gov domains

Building a simple .gov domain search tool with CISA open data.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking Congress (part 1)

Building congressional pages with the new Library of Congress API.

Luke Fretwell

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RSS government

Defaulting to an open protocol to syndicate government information makes public communications universally accessible.

Luke Fretwell

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Pedigree and public interest technology

The community that supports digital government services should be undeniably representative of everyone.

Luke Fretwell

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Why and how I built Agile Government Leadership

AGL, which has since evolved into Technologists for the Public Good, was the testing ground for an experiment in what I now call an open civic community of practice.

Luke Fretwell

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A meta tag on USAJOBS posts could substantially increase the visibility of federal government job opportunities

One simple piece of code to the U.S. government's employment website could go a long way in increasing social media reach.

Luke Fretwell

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Father-son civic hacking: Open Data Day 2022

Kickstarting USA.GovFresh, beginning with Federal Register open data.

Luke Fretwell

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Time for government to stop using Medium

A publishing platform that says it's an environment open to everyone doesn't provide equal access to all.

Luke Fretwell

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Civic hacking for '100% .gov'

Re-imagining the government domain name registry experience.

Luke Fretwell

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Making a chief data officers playbook more accessible

And suggestions for the CDO Council.

Luke Fretwell

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Coding a COVID-19 dashboard (with my 13 year-old son)

Adventures in father-son civic hacking.

Luke Fretwell


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