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Digital Tools Enable Citizen Budgeting

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

By Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman, Beeck Center Fellow. Originally appeared on Brookings "Tech Tank" in 2016. The popular narrative in this election cycle ...

This Company Wants To Change Video Games For The Better

The Huffington Post | Chantelle DMello | Posted 03.31.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

The gaming industry often gets a bad rap for its depictions of violence and female objectification, but Games for Change, a New York-based organizatio...

Civility Is a National Security Issue

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

How can democracy best endure through rough times? Whether online or off, civil communication is vital for democratic resilience.

The Solar Onboarding Experience Needs a Refresh

Maury Blackman | Posted 03.04.2016 | Green
Maury Blackman

In 2015, the solar industry celebrated three historic moments -- in Paris, world leaders came together and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions a...

This Is How Visualizing Open Data Can Help Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology

Cities are increasingly releasing data that they can use to make life better for their residents online -- enabling journalists and researchers to ...

Twitter Reverses Stance On Archiving Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology

Twitter reached an agreement on Thursday with two transparency-focused organizations, Sunlight Foundation and the Open State Foundation, that will all...

Here's A Side Of The City From 'Breaking Bad' You've Never Seen Before

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology

You might know Albuquerque as the setting for AMC's "Breaking Bad" TV series, but New Mexico's biggest city earned praise this year as one of the coun...

Bloomberg's Program To Build Better Cities Just Got Bigger

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology

When he was mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg used to quote statistician W.E. Deming’s famous saying: “In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data....

Microsoft Is Trying To Predict The Next President

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology

At this point in the 21st century, the jury is still out on whether technology and social media are improving how government works or ruining politics...

Your City Could Be The First To Embrace The Future Of Transportation

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.08.2015 | Technology

No one is sure what a "smart city" is, exactly, but a new contest will offer $50 million to the city with the most compelling vision of what this conc...

New York City's Big Apps Winners Show Civic Tech Is Maturing

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.04.2015 | Technology

Winners of the latest version of New York City's BigApps Challenge, announced Thursday, show how tough lessons from the first generation of city apps ...

Technology Can't Solve Problems By Itself, Say Zuckerberg And Chan

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.02.2015 | Technology

When the founder of Facebook said in a public letter that he would give away 99 percent of his company stock to "advancing human potential and promoti...

Innovation is Not Just Apps

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Technology can include a refurbished truck that can restore citizen's faith in government. Importantly, these projects can also help foster the type of civic benefits that arise from more direct participation with government.

Imagine (Government): Building a New Blueprint

Sonal Shah | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Sonal Shah

For about 30 years, polls have consistently shown that the general public thinks most public spending on "government" is wasted. The same public thinks, however, that more money should be spent to deliver the specific outcomes and services that they desire.

Crowdfunding Sites Can Be A 'Mixed Blessing' For Refugees

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.19.2015 | Technology

As millions of Syrians seek refuge in neighboring Middle Eastern countries and Europe, money is flowing over the Internet to help them. Crowdfunding p...

The (Not So) New Urban Sphere

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Bringing cities into the 21st century requires both applying innovative strategies and recognizing the public servants and services that have worked well in the past. Bringing in new talent, however, cannot deter governments from building capacity and equipping workers with the newest skills.

People Fighting For A Sustainable Future Have A Powerful New Tool

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.13.2015 | Technology

Satellite images are helping humanity better understand our changing world. It's never been easier to access recent pictures of the changing face of o...

U.S. Launches New Streamlined Website For Veterans

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology

On Wednesday, as the United States honored Veterans Day and tens of millions of former military men and women, a new government website for veteran se...

100 Million People Use This Messaging Service -- And Most Probably Don't Realize It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology

If you've ever gotten an email from a government agency in the United States, the odds are good that GovDelivery sent it. This private tech company is...

Bad Technology Is Failing Good People -- But That's Changing

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.05.2015 | Technology

The software people must use to register for food stamps should be just as user-friendly as ordering a car through Uber. Today, it’s not, but there...

Can We Make Our Cities Smarter?

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Cities are gaining momentum as incubators for innovation. There is much excitement about the idea of cities as "laboratories of democracy." As a result, cities can learn best practices from one another. Sharing this information can build a strong foundation to amplify and encourage experimentation.

Technology For Democracy

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

We found three particularly salient models for how technology might improve democratic transparency and legitimacy. These included: 1) truth based advocacy 2) political mobilization and 3) social monitoring.

The Future of Civic Technology

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Educating more people about the innovative work of government can build stronger, more resilient systems while also fostering more trust in governance institutions.

How Baseball Can Transform Cities

Daniel Arrigg Koh | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Daniel Arrigg Koh

Providing basic city services is a responsibility of municipal governments that stands the test of time. But -- just because a service has been provided for a long time in one way, doesn't mean it's the only way.

The Biggest Hack At The Congressional Hackathon Is Bipartisan Comity

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.23.2015 | Technology

Four years after the First Congressional Hackathon took place in Washington, D.C., the most impressive "hack" Friday was a showing of bipartisanship a...