We’d prefer civic pride over civic tech. But, in the meantime, surveilling our public service providers may be worth the tradeoff.
The Hewlett Foundation has funded the Engine Room since 2014 for its Matchbox program, which provides partner organizations with support to use data and technology strategically and responsibly in pursuit of their goals. In this second OpenGov Conversation, I speak with the Engine Room’s co-founder, Alix Dunn, and Matchbox program director Julia Keseru.
So much of civic technology, and indeed technology solutions in general, is built on faith rather than proof. As the sector has matured, expectations for success and pressure to deliver results has rightly become more intense.
Her, Spike Jonze’s latest and most philosophical feature film, and The Square, an Oscar-nominated documentary that depicts the ongoing Egyptian Revolution, each illustrate popular portrayals of how technology will liberate us.
If what gets measured gets managed, then, increasingly, we are managing ourselves without considering the needs of our neighbors and communities. But what if we were to apply the model of the quantified self to the development of our cities?