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In the Civic Tech Field Guide, we focus on examples of govtech that seek to improve society to make it more just and democratic, not just more digital or efficient. We recognize that this is a subjective, values-based perspective of govtech. There is a much larger government IT industry, and we do not aspire to catalog and curate every instance of governmental technology.

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State of Digital Inequity

Connect Humanity published the State of Digital Inequity Report in partnership with TechSoup. The report is based on a survey of 7,500+ civil society organizations (CSOs) from 136 countries who answered questions about the barriers that they, and the communities they serve, face when it comes to digital equity.

Disclosure logs: a best practice guide for local authorities [in the UK]

Disclosure logs: a best practice guide for local authorities [in the UK]

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Guide that "seeks to explain what disclosure logs are, how to manage them efficiently and why, although they are not a legal requirement, local authorities should seriously consider using one for the benefit of your FOI teams and, more importantly, for citizens."

CitizenFirst Learning and Training courses

Individual modules Citizen-Centred Service Design Becoming Citizen-Centric Public Service Delivery Fundamentals Listening to and Understanding Citizens Continuous Service Improvement Becoming an Inclusive Leader Building Service Culture Effective Service Delivery Management

Participatory Digital Futures: How digital transformation can be made good for all by Mark Findlay, Sharanya Shanmugam :: SSRN

In this article, through vignettes from the United Kingdom and Singapore’s experience, we highlight how digital transformation can be made more participatory for users affected by digital initiatives. In the process, we introduce the idea of Living Digital Transformation (LDT) as a more bottom-up and user-centric alternative that includes those from vulnerable communities, and therefore, can improve the benefits from digital transformation for all.

M+R Benchmarks Report

The firm's long-running nonprofit tech benchmarks

Are We Together?

The findings from our study are intended to provide insights to developers and designers to improve the accessibility and inclusivity of digital platforms from the perspective of language.

Do Open Data Impact on Citizens’ Behaviours? | Yuya SHIBUYA

This study by Yuya Shibuya empirically analyzes the impacts of open data on behavioral change by investigating the case of Taiwan.

Github's Open journalism Collection

See how publications and data-driven journalists use open source to power their newsroom and ensure information is reported fairly and accurately.

Artificial Intelligence in the City: Building Civic Engagement and Public Trust

A collection of essays edited by Ana Brandusescu and Jess Reia featuring essays from participants of the AI in the City: Building Civic Engagement and Public Trust symposium that took place remotely on February 10, 2022.

Growing & Sustaining African Civic Tech

A Playbook for learning about funding and financing options for the African civic technology community.




A campaign to create hack algorithmic music discovery algorithms to promote an anti-Nazi message and pressure audio platforms to stop hosting Nazi content

Pinterest Climate Disinformation Policy

Our new policy makes Pinterest the only major digital platform to have clearly defined guidelines against false or misleading climate change information, including conspiracy theories, across content and ads.

Runaway Technology

In an era of corporate surveillance, artificial intelligence, deep fakes, genetic modification, automation, and more, law often seems to take a back seat to rampant technological change.

The 10 Laws of Government Sales and Marketing - e.Republic

After three decades of working with thousands of companies, we’ve distilled the best of what we’ve learned into a set of practical insights — our “10 Laws of Government Sales and Marketing.”

How Cities Make Software Together

Municipal governments are riding a volatile wave of economic, ecological, and social change. But one thing is constant—the accelerating spread of digital technologies. More specifically, municipal governments are learning how to use software to measure, analyze, and optimize service delivery. But even as cities rely more on software to function, they struggle to obtain and maintain software. Traditionally, code is procured from the private sector, or—less often—produced in-house by cities. But both of these approaches are slow, costly, and often fail to deliver innovation. Software vendors often fill in these gaps, locking in costly dependencies on inflexible products. Open Source Software (OSS) presents a possibility for cities to fulfill their software needs. It also offers the potential for greater autonomy and lower cost. However,OSS requires enormous effort to create, and even more to deploy and maintain. These processes are just as important as the final product. The growing base of code and processes are the basis of a specialized class of digital infrastructure, known as municipal digital infrastructure. A report by Written by Nneka Sobers and Dr. Anthony Townsend.

HOT's Approach to OSM Data Validation for Earthquake Response Mapping

Because OpenStreetMap is a crowd-sourcing project where everyone can freely contribute to the map, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has devised measures to support high-quality crowd-sourced OSM data.

Sustaining and Scaling Civic and Government Technology

A report by International Republican Institute "synthesiz[ing] core challenges and lessons learned from practitioners, funders and government to help answer the questions of why civic and govtech initiatives struggle long term and what can be done about it."

Building a Culture of Innovation in Government

This brief is the compilation of the findings from of a series of workshops on creating a vision for how our [US] government can build and foster a culture of innovation over the next 20 years.

The Role of Community Engagement in Urban Innovation Towards the Co-Creation of Smart Sustainable Cities

"Findings from this study presents a developed model that can support community engagement for urban innovation by specifying factors that influences community engagement for smart sustainable city development." by Bokolo Anthony Jr.

Public Interest Technology University Network: Understanding the State of the Field in 2021

This report from Katharine Lusk and Azer Bestravos of Boston University evaluates of the state of the field across the 43 academic institutions that make up the Public Interest Technology University Network as of the summer of 2021, providing insight into the ways in which PIT-UN members are investing in its five priority areas, and sheds light on the state of the field more generally.

Filling the Progressive TikTok Gap

After the 2022 midterms, the Cooperative Impact Lab published initial findings for the Digital Innovation Fund, telling the story of how, in just four months, we stood up and administered one of the most extensive research-grant programs focused on TikTok’s uses for progressive politics and social good.

Audible reckoning: How top political podcasters spread unsubstantiated and false claims

Brookings report: Using a combination of analytical methods – including natural language processing, machine learning, and manual classifying – this research provided the first overarching assessment of the role that popular political podcasting plays in spreading unsubstantiated and false claims.

All Tech Is Human Tech & Democracy report

All Tech Is Human’s Tech & Democracy report addresses key issues and best practices in the field, and highlights a diverse range of individuals working in the field (across civil society, government, industry, academia, and entrepreneurship).

Beirut Built Environment Database

Beirut Built Environment Database

Raymond Ghosn Building, American University of Beirut, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture PO Box. 11-0236 Riad El Solh 1107 2020, Beirut Lebanon

The Beirut Built Environment Database is a platform gathering geolocalised social, environmental, and economic information on building activity in the Greater Beirut Area.

Deepfakes for good

An article tracking the development of pro-social deepfakes, despite the vast majority consisting of pornographic images of women

Interventions to End Online Violence Against Women in Politics

This NDI report includes a list of interventions that technology platforms, governments, civil society organizations, and the media can take to make meaningful progress towards ending online violence against women in politics.

OECD Guidelines for Citizen Participation Processes

The OECD Guidelines for Citizen Participation Processes are intended for any public official or public institution interested in carrying out a citizen participation process.



New York City, NY, USA

At, Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument.

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