CitizenLab https://www.citizenlab.co/blog Citizen participation made easy Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://www.citizenlab.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-shield_logo-2-32x32.png CitizenLab https://www.citizenlab.co/blog 32 32 Civic Tech Reads of the Week #22 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-22/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-22/#respond Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:00:24 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=18167 Welcome to our weekly reading list! As always, we’ve selected the hottest reads from the realm of civic tech. This week we’re talking about smart cities, digital authoritarianism, geriatric selfies, urban experiments and childless metropolises. Missed last week’s selection? Check it out on the blog. 1. “I’m an Engineer, and I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities” by The New York Times In this opinion piece, engineer Shoshanna Saxe explains why she’s less than impressed by the premise of smart cities. Cities around the world are actively trying to better themselves (and outdo each other) by using data, cameras, sensors, and […]

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CitizenLab in 8 key numbers: this was 2019 so far https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/citizenlab-in-8-key-numbers-this-was-2019-so-far/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/citizenlab-in-8-key-numbers-this-was-2019-so-far/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 07:24:53 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=18000 We’re almost halfway through 2019, and that’s always a good excuse to look back and reflect. The last six months have been a wild ride. That’s why we thought it would be interesting to look at at some numbers and stats and see how our platforms have been performing in early ’19. From users and visitors to how many votes and comments they leave on the platform, the numbers leave little to the imagination. As this infographic shows, over 868,715 unique visitors surfed to the platforms, and 85% of those visits came from organic traffic. On average, about 15% of […]

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Civic Tech Reads of the Week #21 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-21/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-21/#respond Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:53:12 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=18030 If you read this, that probably means 3 things: 1) you’re not napping on some faraway beach, but 2) the weekend is almost here and 3) we’ve got a new selection of civic tech must-reads ready for you! If you just got back from your faraway beach, check out our previous selections on the blog. If not: ready for some brain food? “Leveraging AI And IoT For Citizen Security In Smart Cities” by Forbes Smart cities are (or should be) flawlessly connected when it comes to transportation and communication, and should overall cater to our convenience as technology continues to […]

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The barriers to citizen participation: why aren’t cities doing ‘more’? https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/the-barriers-for-citizen-participation-why-arent-cities-doing-more/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/the-barriers-for-citizen-participation-why-arent-cities-doing-more/#respond Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:44:16 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17958 Our cities are becoming increasingly more technological in nature, but somehow, digital participation isn’t always growing accordingly. What are the main barriers to citizen participation? Recently, SmartCitiesWorld published the findings of its latest research. This report stated that only 10% of public sector organisations (cities, local authorities, public transport operators, etc.) and no private sector organisations said they are doing “very well” with citizen engagement. Of both types of organisations, 1/3rd admitted they were “doing enough but could do more.” What’s remarkable about this is that both types of organisations did acknowledge the worth and importance of citizen participation. So […]

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Civic Tech Reads of the Week #20 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-20/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-20/#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:47:49 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17943 Welcome to this special edition of Reads of the Week! It’s our platinum anniversary! And as always, we’re happy to feed you the best bits of civic tech we could find. Feeling nostalgic already? Head to our blog to check out previous editions. If you’re out with the old and in with the new, hold on to your desk chairs and coffee mugs because we’re diving right in. This week we’re talking data protection (and tech giants breaking the rules), smart cities (and the challenges they face), and digital social innovation, to name only a few. Happy reading! 1. “It’s […]

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Civic Tech Reads of the Week #19 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-19/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-19/#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:36:14 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17932 It’s Friday, it’s summer, and there’s a fresh Reads of the Week-list: your weekend surely got off on the right foot. But let’s not beat around the bush too much, because it’s almost as hot as the civic tech news we’ve selected for you. As always, you can find previous selections on our blog. If you’re all up to date, let’s dive right in! (A pool? A lake? Nope. The deep, deep well of civic tech). 1. “How social innovation can support citizen participation” by Open Access Government Social innovation can be a great way to realise global goals and […]

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5 ways to convince citizens to trust and use your platform https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/5-ways-to-convince-citizens-to-trust-and-use-your-platform/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/5-ways-to-convince-citizens-to-trust-and-use-your-platform/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:34:03 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17793 When setting up a participation platform, the matter of trust is something that pops up quite often. We live in an era where online privacy is a vague concept and citizen’s trust in their governments seems to decline every day. And the introduction of an online platform can raise a lot of questions among citizens. What is it for? Why should they make decisions if they have a government who’s paid to do that? And what difference is it going to make? Let’s take a look at the Grand Débat in France, for example. Earlier this year, France was the […]

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Civic Tech Reads of the Week #18 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-18/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-18/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:56:05 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17817 It’s Friday, and this week our must-reads from the realm of civic tech are taking us to all corners of the globe. Are you ready for a trip around the world? If you prefer to stay on familiar ground for now, head to our blog to check out our previous selections. 1. “Milk, bread, democracy: New Zealanders get to vote in supermarkets” by The Guardian Our first stop is New Zealand, where changes are being implemented in order to make the elections in 2020 more accessible and more democratic. Voters will now be allowed to enrol and vote on the […]

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Inclusion in e-democracy: 7 tips for setting up an inclusive online participation project https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/inclusion-in-democracy-7-tips-for-setting-up-an-inclusive-online-participation-project/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/civic-engagement/inclusion-in-democracy-7-tips-for-setting-up-an-inclusive-online-participation-project/#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:44:25 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17709 Setting up an inclusive participation project is easier said than done. Luckily, there are a few things that’ll get you on the right track in no time. For more advice on inclusivity, download our full guide here. Digital participation is inclusive when you reach every group in your community (irrespective of demographics such as gender, social class, age, or location), and when they have the necessary tools to fully participate. But while setting up a participation project, you might find that some groups are harder to reach than others. So how do you launch a participation project that is truly […]

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Civic Tech Reads of the Week #17 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/newsletter/reads-of-the-week/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-17/ https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/newsletter/reads-of-the-week/civic-tech-reads-of-the-week-17/#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 08:18:26 +0000 https://www.citizenlab.co/blog/?p=17733 Another week has flown by, and another batch of hot civic tech and democracy content has hit the worldwide web. And like every week, we’ve made a selection of our favourite reads. Settle down with some afternoon coffee and let’s dive right in! Or if you missed our previous selections, you can find them here. 1. Exclusive: How Poland is building GovTech’s new frontier by GovInsider “Our goal is to have them all compete on equal footing.” GovTech Poland has set up so-called ‘design contests’ in which citizens, companies, startups or research teams can pitch solutions for problem statements from […]

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