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Govtech Subcategories
Communicating with the people Tools and platforms that share official communications and democratic processes. Including:
  • Service alerts are governmental notifications pushed to residents, often by municipal governments notifying residents about local service issues.
Communicating with the government Digital communication channels between constituents and representatives, trying to improve the feedback loop. Including:
  • Issue reporting platforms enable residents to notify their government(s) of items in need of attention, often municipal in nature.
Service delivery Redesigning public service delivery, often from a Human Centered Design perspective rather than a government or bureaucracy perspective.
Marketplaces and clearinghouses Marketplaces for government technologies where all participants pass procurement rules.
Bureaucracy tech Tech designed to improve the general functioning of government.
Identity Standards and protocols for managing citizen or resident identity in a digital manner.
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Government trainings Online, offline, or hybrid educational experiences that help people working inside governments to learn skills, apply methods, and gain experience.
Behavioral economics programs Nudging in public policy continues to face concerns related to manipulation, paternalism, and the removal of choice. However, as Sunstein and other proponents argued, all government programs are at some level applying choice architecture and nudging. Setting defaults and program design choices more deliberately, guided by science, can improve service delivery and increase the well-being of citizens. But it is important to appreciate that critics remain. Therefore, providing transparency and accountability for behavioral interventions is essential to sustaining or building trust in government. Nudges and other interventions inspired by the behavioral sciences need to be publicly disclosed and debated, as is the case for public policies more generally. – Zeina Afif for The World Bank
Voting and elections Data and tools designed to help people vote by informing voters about registration requirements, ballot information, districts, and election dates, locations, and procedures. Including:
  • Voter registration tech seeks to help voters overcome suppression and bureaucratic hurdles to exercising their right to vote.
  • Election administration Rather than build redundant resources outside of government, election administration tech works to empower and assist the people who are already responsible for running elections.
  • Voter assistance tech seeks to help inform voters about their choices in elections and where and how they can vote.
  • Match views to votes tools help voters identify the ballot choices that best match to their own views and perspectives.
  • Help more people run for office Tools, resources, databases, and trainings to encourage a more representative group of people to run for office.
Online forums Online forums are digital conversation hubs for conversations of civic import. They are often designed to facilitate constructive dialogues, but sometimes fail by attempting to creating new destinations rather than embrace existing community hubs. They include:
  • Civic forums are online discussion platforms built to foster civic conversation and debate.
  • Neighborhood forums promote conversation within geographically-defined communities.
Access social benefits Systems that assist individuals in identifying government or community provided benefits and services.