The “Get a Flu Shot” app is an interesting case study of how civic apps can replicate across cities if there is sufficient demand and if the pre-existing relationships are in place. In less than 36 hours the app, which was originally created in Chicago, was replicated in Boston thanks to the facilitation of Code for America.
The open government community lost a great thought leader this week. Aaron Swartz was always a controversial (and sometimes divisive) member of the transparency movement. For me he was a minor hero; so young, so smart, so capable, always willing to fight for what he believed in.
Every Friday my colleagues and I all send around our “PPP’s” — progress, problems, plans. At first glance it looks like corporate busywork, but in fact I’ve found it to be a useful way to stay up-to-date with our ever-growing team. From now on I’m going to adapt those emails into a weekly bulletin of links, events, research papers and books related to transparency (with a focus on Latin America).