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Disobeying the Smartphone: Tactical Civic Hacks

"Civic hacking" is a term embraced by many of the tech-savvy citizens applying the distributed, open source, and collaborative principles of the web to address civic problems. Despite the successes and growth of the civic tech or gov 2.0 movement, its focus on technology-related solutions can limit its impact.

Borrowing inspiration from the tactical urbanism movement, our panel poses the questions: what would a tactical civic hacking movement look like? How can the underlying principles of the civic tech movement be applied to civic action both online and off? And how can web applications, data science, and urban prototyping work in concert with legacy technologies such as SMS and paper to engage and address the needs of a wider range of citizens?

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Paul M. Davis, Writer, One Em Press

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