Besides being home to many national and international government projects, real people call Washington, DC home. Ranked five consecutive years as the Best City for Women in Tech (story here), DC leads on diversity, inclusion and equity in tech.
With its proximity to the central powers of government, The District is proud to host visiting fellows, term appointed, and other ‘tour of duty’ technologists. And don’t forget, the “Capital Region” including Maryland and Virginia are home to dozens of civic tech meetups, organizations, and movements.
In addition to local meetups and conferences, DC boasts government and advocacy focused incubators and co-working spaces.
The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University works to document and analyze the ways Free Speech is threatened in the United States through its flagship enterprise, the Free Speech Tracker, an online tool for monitoring Free Speech challenges and controversies in education, civil society, and government.
The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system.
NetHope is a collaboration of leading international NGOs serving tens of millions each year in 180+ countries.
These usability challenges hamper tool adoption, or may cause misunderstandings for users about tool functionalities, and subsequently may give users a false sense of security.
It helps people and organizations to use inclusive technologies to build systems and services that are accessible, responsive, and resilient.
The lab focuses on supporting the implementation and inclusion of established technologies into existing applications, organizations, and communities that are advancing Internet freedom, supporting the initial/bootstrap operating and infrastructure costs associated with getting deployments online, and, finally, conducting one-off assessments of existing apps or websites for recommended privacy, security, or anti-censorship improvements. All of this work will be conducted either by service partners or applicants themselves—with triage and oversight by an OTF.
This project will develop ethical principles and guidelines, as well as draft best practices for the use of remote sensing and volunteered geographic information (VGI) in crisis situations.
Monitors the world's broadcast, print, and web news from nearly every corner of every country in over 100 languages and identifies the people, locations, organizations, themes, sources, emotions, counts, quotes, images and events driving our global society every second of every day, creating a free open platform for computing on the entire world
Until this day, the only way to access the Securities and Exchange Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) database of filings from public corporations and financial entities was to go to a special reading room in Washington, DC, or to pay private information services.
We are Members of the U.S. House of Representatives hosting district-wide Congressional App Challenges for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science.
MoMobility is a fun, engaging card game designed to start constructive conversations, provoke collegial debate and inspire players to rethink our perceptions and attitudes around creating sustainable, equitable and joyful cities and transportation for all.
Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States and to shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our Nation’s values, policies, and priorities.
The Community Prototype Fund supports the rapid development of innovative, viable and open Internet freedom technology prototypes that serve the immediate needs of the Internet freedom and human rights communities.
The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) requires all government-produced digital products, including websites and applications, to be consistent, modern, and mobile-friendly.
The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration on topics related to repressive internet censorship and surveillance.
The Digital Integrity Fellowship Program (DIFP) provides fixed monthly stipends to individuals capable of addressing short-term and long-term threats to freedom of expression online.
A collaborative that will provide an active, authoritative resource for municipal leaders to navigate emerging privacy issues, share practical guidance, and promote fair and transparent data practices
The lab focuses on improving the software security of projects that advance OTF’s Internet freedom goals by ensuring that code, data, and people behind the tools have what they need to create a safer experience for people experiencing repressive information controls online.
The Community Lab provides services that empower the community to become stronger and vibrant by focusing on cultivating deeper trust relationships, improving knowledge share and collaboration, and supporting and diversifying the next generation of leaders.
NDI is partnering with Living Cities—an organization that harnesses the collective power of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to get dramatically better results for low-income urban residents—on a research initiative to explore the innovative ways that megacity governments are strengthening urban democracy.
The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government
Curated by Meag Doherty
A designer, researcher, and technologist, Meag is passionate about all things civic technology, open government, and innovation. Over the past 7 years in ‘The District’, she has helped build collaborative policy making tools, conduct foundational research for modernizing Congress, and recently created a civic game for teaching data.
She leads fundraising and partnerships for Tech, Rebalanced, a civic day of community and hacking for women, nonbinary, and trans people in the DC area, and serves as a captain of Code for DC, the local civic tech meetup.
In her day job, Meag builds data tools and services for biomedical researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Outside of her design research practice, Meag mentors open source developers and organizers at Mozilla Foundation through the Open Leaders Training program.
Meag’s advocacy and research has been featured in WIRED, Washingtonian Magazine, Federal Computer Week, and MobiHealth News.
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