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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Curators are not responsible for all of the entries in their categories.
Would you like to become a curator of the Civic Tech Field Guide? Drop us a quick note.