Civicist

CIVIC TECH NEWS & ANALYSIS
Civicist was Civic Hall’s news-site for coverage of the world of civic tech. From 2015 to 2020, it provided daily coverage of a wide range of topics of interest to people using tech for the public good, including civic hacking, crowdsourcing, debates, digital democracy, e-government, fundraising, gov-tech, human-centered design, innovation, international development, legal issues, start-ups and tech culture.

This site is an archive of all the content that appeared in Civicist during those years. It includes a full set of First Post, Civicist’s daily newsletter aggregating everything related to civic tech news and debates, including announcements of new start-ups, coverage of breaking news and controversies, and reactions to developments across the intersecting arenas of tech and civic life in America and beyond during those years. It also includes many guest posts by members of Civic Hall as well as Civic Hall Labs staff. It was overseen by Civic Hall’s co-founder Micah Sifry along with Civicist managing editor Jessica McKenzie.

You can explore the content here by category or by exploring First Post.

First Post

QUANTIFIED

Civic tech for the children; are tech philanthropists discounting expertise of nonprofit leaders because their …

First Post

BERNIE BOMB

Bernie breaking online fundraising records; Obama calls for universal automatic voter registration; and more. Small …

Civic TechGermanyWorld

What’s Going On in German Civic Tech?

WHY GERMANY? A couple of years ago I was idly scanning through Google Zeitgeist, the search giant’s annual data release of each year’s top search …

Debateselections

MAKING THE UK’S POLITICAL DEBATES MORE RESPONSIVE TO PUBLIC NEEDS

Can political debates become more informative after the debate? Researchers in Britain are building a debate-replay website that aims to increase viewer comprehension, engagement, and …

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Civic Hall

CIVIC HALL GOT ME OUT OF MY APARTMENT AND OUT OF MY PAJAMAS

Kristen, center, holding the pen used to sign legislation creating an independent Department of Veterans Services for New York City. This blog post is adapted …

Civic TechDesign

HOW TO SUCCEED IN CIVIC TECH

I am frequently asked what key factors have made SeeClickFix a successful platform for engaging residents and officials where others have failed. These ten key …

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