Beginning to understand how cities purchase goods and services is the tip of the iceberg but it's the only way to get that money back into communities.
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Data from citizen reporting platforms like 311 has biases that could create disparities in how local governments distribute public resources. So why are…
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While communities might need better governance and data tools to coordinate social services, entrenched power dynamics make it hard for data reforms to…
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A short update on the first few months of Civic Source and some reflections on public service.
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When so many data dashboards offer few satisfying answers, we might wonder why local leaders default to building them again, and again, and again. Is it…
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Better local climate data could help governments get stronger results while giving people a chance to get involved, but most climate action plans leave…
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Local governments are responsible for protecting people's personal information. But in the system of support for survivors of domestic violence, stakes…
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Most people might not think of local governments as a link in the chain of food insecurity. But they buy food to serve people in their hardest moments…
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People working in local government can be cagey when it comes to sharing information. But hiding information in silos means governments struggle to…
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Data and technology have become the tools local governments use to govern, but most people don't have a say in how those systems are run. Here's why it…
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This is Civic Source, a newsletter about how local governments use data and technology to shape our communities.
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