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.
A straight, white male has no legitimate claim to the strong bonds of shared indignation — at least not in San Francisco.
Anyone hoping for a reversal of the spiral of inequality has to answer two questions. First, what policies do you think would do the trick? Second, how would you get the political power to make those policies happen?
I used to have conversations -- both with friends and strangers -- that were so engaging and enlightening that I would go home afterward and actually write in my journal to reflect on what we discussed. They were conversations that unfolded slowly, each person taking...