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Jon Alexander, Ariane Conrad

Cult of the Dead Cow

Joseph Menn

The Open Organization

Jim Whitehurst

Working in Public

Nadia Eghbal

Direct message

Angie Quirarte

Angie Quirarte

Civic techie, bureaucracy hacker, dot connecter


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Census Open Innovation Labs

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

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NASA Technology Transfer Program

Bringing NASA technology down to earth.

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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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Public Sans

A font for government, by 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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U.S. Web Design System

A design system for the federal government.





Review: A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide

A must-read for the entire civic spectrum.


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What government can learn from Olay

Olay’s Open to Change advertising campaign is something government should take note of.

Luke Fretwell · November 15, 2021

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

Adventures in father-son civic hacking.

Luke Fretwell · January 11, 2022

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Making a chief data officers playbook more accessible

And suggestions for the CDO Council.

Luke Fretwell · January 14, 2022

Screenshot of .gov search tool.

Civic hacking for '100% .gov'

Re-imagining the government domain name registry experience.

Luke Fretwell · January 21, 2022

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Government open data in 2022

Once thriving, now barely surviving. Ideas on how we can breathe more life into it.

Luke Fretwell · March 4, 2022

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How California gets a return on its $25 million innovation investment

Time for Alpha 2.0.

Luke Fretwell · March 21, 2022

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RSS government

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

Luke Fretwell · October 18, 2022

Screenshot of members of U.S. House of Representatives.

Civic hacking Congress (part 1)

Building congressional pages with the new Library of Congress API.

Luke Fretwell · October 26, 2022

Screenshot of .gov search tool.

Civic hacking .gov domains

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

Luke Fretwell · October 29, 2022

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 · October 31, 2022

Screenshot of space photo of the day page on USA.GovFresh.

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 · November 3, 2022


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