The following topics should all be considered in relation to technological changes that occurred around the years 2000-2030. This list is partial and evolving. These topics were chosen based on the idea that in several decades time, these will be some of the defining issues from this period.
** suggestions (especially pull requests) appreciated **
Community Organizing and Local Politics
It is important to consider how we organize power and legitimacy in our physical communities. Candidates post their political platforms on GitHub and other collaborative applications, representatives are criwdsourcing ideas for spending budgets, and experiments that grew out of the Occupy movement such as liquid and deliberative democracy are being actively discussed. Do these experiments matter, or are they all more of the same?
- The smartest cities rely on citizen cunning and unglamorous technology
- Loomio: A Short History and Introduction
- Improving Participatory Democracy with New Technology
- Government As a Platform
- What government might look like in 2030
- Flash Forward - Swipe Right for Democracy
Privacy, Security, and Personal Data
This is a pivotal conversation when we talk about how we become cyborgs. It involves discussions such as: where we as individuals end and our devices begin, or whether there is significant distinction there at all; who owns the data about us as that data becomes increasingly detailed and comprehensive; what are the valid uses of data about us individually and collectively, especially as it relates to our experience within our environment (e.g., marketing and advertising) and with our governments (e.g., tracking and policing).
- Machine Bias - Risk Assessments in Criminal Sentencing
- Top 5 Apple WWDC 2016 Recap - MKBHD (specifically mention of macine learning after ~5:42)
- [Using Data to Create Better Public Policy: A Literature Review] (http://www.antheawatsonstrong.com/writing/2015/8/21/using-location-history-data-to-create-better-public-policy)
- [Investigating the algorithms that govern our lives] (http://www.cjr.org/innovations/investigating_algorithms.php)
- [Learning From Location] (http://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/learning-from-location-806)
- [Data Mining Reveals the Four Urban Conditions That Create Vibrant City Life] (https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601107/data-mining-reveals-the-four-urban-conditions-that-create-vibrant-city-life/)
- [Traffic-weary homeowners and Waze are at war, again. Guess who's winning?] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/traffic-weary-homeowners-and-waze-are-at-war-again-guess-whos-winning/2016/06/05/c466df46-299d-11e6-b989-4e5479715b54_story.html)
Media, Advocacy, and Activism
Print journalism is struggling, and it is technically easier than ever for anyone to tell a story that the world can see. One of the most important aspects of these shifts is who holds the power to tell stories, to determine what stories get told, and to determine how the public receives those stories. Historically speaking, is this shifting media landscape a unique phenomenon? Are there other historical shifts that we can extrapolate from? How do changes in the source of, and access to stories change the way that we perceive and interact with cities?
- The revolution will be live-tweeted: why #BlackLivesMatter is the new model for civil rights
- #BlackLivesMatter Founders: Please Stop Co-opting Our Hashtag
- Why #BringBackOurGirls is actually making a difference for Nigeria
- Engines of Change - What Civic Tech Can Learn from Social Movements
- Civic technology needs community engagement in order to work
- MSNBC Picks Up Hyperlocal News Aggregator EveryBlock
- NBC Shutters Hyper-Local News And Information Site EveryBlock After Failing To Find The Right Business Model
Infrastructure, Social Services, and Education
- 'Government as a data model' : what I learned in Estonia
- The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy'
Equity, Identity, and Representation
When taking into account historically unequal distributions of power and resources in society in general, it is sad but not surprising that the major voices in tech during this period are overwhelmingly White and male, particularly throughout the Western world. Is there evidence that civic technology looks any different, given that it has such equitable aspirations? What does the landscape look like around the world?
- Everything Working Against Tech Diversity in Two Headlines
- Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa
- How Black Middle-Class Kids Become Poor Adults
- Votes and Facebook's Filter Bubble
- Artificial Intelligence's White Guy Problem
- [How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist] (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-to-make-a-not-racist-bot)
- Instant Vintage post in response to Slate's How Black People Use Twitter
- [How the Government Predicts Race and Ethnicity] (http://graphics.wsj.com/ally-settlement-race-calculator/)
- Black Girls Code Is Moving Into Google's New York Offices
New to Civic Tech?
If civic tech is a new term to you, don't worry! You may actually be at an advantage, as civic tech probably will not mean the same to people in the future as it does to civic technologists today. To get a bit of a perspectiive on what those technologists of today believe, we recommend (but do not neccesarily endorse) the following: