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Virtual and face-to-face training spaces that explore different concepts, practices, methodologies, and tools of the civic tech field.

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Learn to Discern

IREX’s Learn to Discern approach builds resilience to manipulative information by empowering those who engage with media and information to navigate it in a safe, critical, responsible, healthy, and empathy-driven way.

The School for Everyday Democracy

This programme will support 100 people to become Everyday Democracy Champions, in turn catalysing the action of others in communities furthest from power, and creating tangible change across all four UK nations.

Civic Tech Innovation Short Course, Wits School of Governance

This course will provide you with skills to develop an applied understanding of how to use technological platforms to enhance the interface between government and citizens in the delivery of services.

Cyberharassment Clinic at New York Law School

The Cyberharassment Clinic is a program at a law school that allows students to represent victims of online harassment, cyberbullying, and revenge porn.

Justice and Equity in Technology Policy course

This Coursera course aims to help learners understand how inequity and injustice can become embedded in technology, science, and associated policies, and how this can be addressed.

Equitech Scholars

An 8-week program for current undergraduates to learn how to use data science and AI for social impact

Equitech Futures' Civic Tech Institute

The Civic Tech Institute at Equitech Futures empowers leaders in the social sector - governments, nonprofits, and social enterprises - with the data and technology skills critical to achieving impact at scale.

Justice Media co-Lab

The Justice Media co-Lab at Boston University provides the programmatic structure to train a new generation of computational investigative journalists equipped to leverage the power of computing and data science to advance justice and transparency.

Advocacy Assembly

Advocacy Assembly is a free learning community for human rights activists and journalists.

Media Matters for Democracy Courses

Two courses - Understanding Citizen Journalism and Digital Disinformation and Journalistic Responsibilities

The School of Good Services

The skills you need to deliver services that work

ITS Rio Curricula on Information Issues

ITS Rio Curricula on Information Issues

ITS Rio - Rua da Assembléia - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Course at Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio

Tech, Media & Democracy course

Through a unique pan-university course, NYC universities partner to explore challenges and opportunities & build prototypes at the intersection of technology, media and democracy

AI Ethics: Global Perspectives

GovLab NYU's Collection of Lectures on the Ethical implications of Data and Artificial Intelligence from Different Perspectives

Centering Human Rights: A Curriculum

Based on extensive research with these communities to build and refine products, we are offering: best practices, use cases, and knowledge from human rights activists, community organizers, and technologists from across the globe.

AI for Impact (formerly Development Ventures)

For entrepreneurial MIT students looking to put their skills to work for a greater good, the Media Arts and Sciences class MAS.664 (AI for Impact) has been a destination point.

Solving Public Problems (the course)

A free online course offered by The GovLab on: How to take advantage of technology, data and the collective wisdom in our communities to design powerful solutions to contemporary problems.

Academia de Innovación Política

La Academia de Innovación Política es una plataforma que busca generar espacios de formación virtuales y presenciales para la transferencia y co-construcción de conceptos, prácticas, metodologías y herramientas de gobernanza democrática en los escenarios actuales.

Climate Change AI Summer School 2022

The Climate Change AI summer school is designed to educate and prepare participants with a background in artificial intelligence and/or a background in a climate-change related field to tackle major climate problems using AI.

Seminar of digital democracy

This seminar by Jonathan Piron tackles the issues raised by digital technologies for political institutions, politics and policies, and more broadly for the evolution of what we call “democracy“.

Senseable Cities

Senseable Cities

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Urban imagination and social innovation through design & science

Citizen interaction design

in which students are partnered with a local community in Michigan for the purpose of using information and technology to effect change in how citizens interact with and are served by local units of government.

NYC Momentum organizer training

Momentum is dedicated to teaching and learning the craft of popular movements fighting for justice.

MIT Privacy Legislation: Law and Technology

MIT Privacy Legislation: Law and Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

This course brings together engineering students from MIT with law students from Georgetown Law School to explore current issues in privacy policy and technology.

Visualization and Data Analytics Lab (ViDA)

The Visualization and Data Analytics Research Center at NYU consists of computer scientists who work closely with domain experts to apply the latest advances in computing to problems of critical societal importance, and simultaneously generate hypotheses and methods that new data sources and data types demand.


PeoplesHub is an online interactive school where you can learn and share new tools, skills, and strategies for making change where you live.

Columbia Journalism School Data program

Journalism in the 21st century involves finding, collecting, analyzing and visualizing data for stories. The Journalism School offers foundational courses in data‐driven journalism as well as a three-semester M.S. in Data Journalism degree for students interested in advanced skills.

Design for America

Design for America

Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center 2133 Sheridan Rd. G.302 Evanston, IL 60208

Design for America is an idea incubator, a motivated community, and a way of approaching complicated challenges. DFA shapes the next generation of social innovators.

MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

Website for the Center for Advanced Urbanism, a division of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

International School for Transparency


Civic Engagement interdisciplinary program at UChicago

Civic Engagement interdisciplinary program at UChicago

Edward H. Levi Hall, 5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA

University of Chicago's Office for Civic Engagement is committed to building community relationships.

Technology and Social Change 2018

Technology and Social Change 2018

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Many people become engineers or designers because they hope to change the world for the better using technology.

CVUP 110: Digital Government and Civic Tech

How can today’s public servants use technology and design to deliver high-quality public services and engagement opportunities?


Our mission is to empower use of the City and County of San Francisco's data. Our core product is SF OpenData, the official open data portal.

Securing Digital Democracy

Securing Digital Democracy from University of Michigan. In this course, you'll learn what every citizen should know about the security risks--and future potential — of electronic voting and Internet voting. We'll take a look at the past, present, ...

Civic Leadership Academy at U Chicago

The Civic Leadership Academy is an interdisciplinary leadership development program for emerging and high-potential leaders in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the City of Chicago and Cook County.

Solving Problems Using Technology

Solving Problems Using Technology

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, USA

I-Lab students work in interdisciplinary teams to address urban and civic challenges in the Dudley and Upham’s Corner neighborhoods.

Acumen Academy (formerly Plus Acumen)

Offers world-class online courses that empower you to think differently, learn collaboratively and join a global community of learners and doers with a burning desire to change the world.

Justice Innovation Startup Lab

Justice Innovation Startup Lab

University of Southern California LA

Learn about design thinking, justice innovation, and legal tech and apply them to the challenge of developing products and services that yield better justice outcomes.

Public Data University

Public Data University is APDU’s signature education initiative, designed to develop the knowledge and skills of data users of every experience level.

Civic Innovation and Building a People-Centered Government

A process of improving, adapting, or developing a product, system, or service in order to deliver better results and create value for people.



1035 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141, USA

iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship

Ryerson University Digital Government and Civic Tech

Designed for public servants, this course helps government innovators learn how to lead digital-driven change in the public sector.

Calling Bullshit course

Each of our lectures will explore one specific facet of bullshit. For each week, a set of required readings are assigned. For some weeks, supplementary readings are also provided for those who wish to delve deeper.

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