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DC civic tech

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.

Key links:

  1. Code for DC, a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city.
  2. Open Data DC collects hundreds of open datasets, maps, and visualizations.
  3. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer shares relevant events, digital programs, and city resources.

DC's Civic Tech Projects

Democracy Engine

Democracy Engine offers a suite of fundraising tools to empower donors to support the organizations and issues they care about at any level, in any party, in any state.

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US GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences

Based at the General Services Administration (GSA), OES is a team of interdisciplinary experts that works across government to help agencies build and use evidence.

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Sunshine Week

Across the country, Sunshine Week is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding the latest developments in freedom of information resources.

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Grow Progress

Grow Progress lets you unlock more support through the power of persuasion science.

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First Act Fund

The First Act Fund is a new source of catalytic funding and support encouraging young people with technical backgrounds to pursue impactful and innovative ideas.

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Coding it Forward

We're empowering the next generation of technology leaders to create social change.

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Civic Digital Fellowship

A first-of-its-kind technology, data science, and design internship program for innovative students to solve pressing problems in US federal agencies. 

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US Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence

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.

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The Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics

To understand digital media’s influence on national dialogue and opinion, and to develop sound solutions to disinformation.

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The Community Prototype Fund

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.

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The Center for Media Engagement

To provide research‐based techniques for engaging digital audiences in commercially viable and democratically beneficial ways.

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The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act

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.

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Salsa Labs

Salsa Labs is a technology company that creates powerful donor management, online fundraising, and online advocacy tools for nonprofits helping them Engage and Change the World.

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Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

ITIF is a think tank focusing on critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.

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Information Controls Fellowship

The Information Controls Fellowship Program (ICFP) cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration on topics related to repressive internet censorship and surveillance.

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Digital Integrity Fellowship

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.

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Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network

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

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Aristotle

Aristotle is the leading pioneer in political technology, servicing many of the largest grassroots organizations, PACs and political campaigns in the U.S. and abroad.

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Route Fifty Navigator Awards 2018

Individuals and teams should demonstrate their ability to implement a great idea that improves public sector services and the communities they serve.

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Red Team Lab at Open Tech Fund

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.

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Community Lab at Open Tech Fund

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.

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Democratic Innovation in Megacities

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.

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National Democratic Institute (NDI)

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

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Internews

Internews, an international nonprofit organization, empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account.

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Policy Insights

PolicyInsights gives you a simple and intuitive national platform to engage with your governments to understand the services provided and their outcomes as well as to benchmark their performance against other similar cities, counties or states.

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Discovery Sprints

A “discovery sprint,” is a short, intense period of problem investigation.

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North America Google Policy Fellowship

Our fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students a paid opportunity to spend 10-weeks diving head first into Internet policy at leading nonprofits, think tanks and advocacy groups.

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Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab

The Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab (TCIL or Lab) will find and nurture technologically feasible, testable pilot projects which begin to solve some of the hardest cyber problems afflicting the national security industrial base and our country.

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The Lab @ DC

The Lab uses scientific insights and methods to test and improve policies and provide timely, relevant, and high-quality analysis to inform the District's most important decisions.

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Web Integrity Project

Our mission is to monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources, as well as changes in stated policies and priorities.

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Sunlight Foundation

The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.

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Loup Design

Loup is a human-centered design and innovation consultancy that helps organizations listen to and learn from the people they serve.

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Federalist

We’ve taken the work out of launching a compliant federal website.

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DC Domestic Violence Court Watch Project

The mission of the DC Domestic Violence Court Watch Project is to create transparency and data-driven information through court monitoring to ensure that all victims of domestic violence have equal access to a clear, fair and consistent judicial process that prioritizes victim safety and offender accountability.

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Code for DC

Founded in 2012, Code for DC is a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city.

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Code.gov

Sharing America's Code. Unlock the tremendous potential of the Federal Government’s software

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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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