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Available now in paperback and e-book form.

 

 

Civic tech is an emerging field. Its meaning is still being forged as practitioners discover better ways to use tech for civic purposes: to empower their communities, change how government works, or solve a social problem.

Whether you are a technologist, an organizer, an activist, or just a citizen who wants to make the world a better place, as you read this book, you will discover new ways of making our new tools work for us, our communities, and our society.

Featuring contributions by Rebecca Chao, Denise Cheng, Allison Fine, Alexander B. Howard, Matt Leighninger, Jessica McKenzie, Eilís O’Neill, Sam Roudman, and Micah L. Sifry.

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The Big Disconnect

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Now that communication can be as quick as thought, why hasn’t our ability to organize politically—to establish gains and beyond that, to maintain them—kept pace? The web has given us both capacity and speed: but progressive change seems to be something perpetually in the air, rarely manifesting, even more rarely staying with us.

In his usual pithy, to-the-point style, Micah L. Sifry, co-founder of Civic Hall, explores why data-driven politics and our digital overlords have failed or misled us, and how they can be made to serve us instead, in a real balance between citizens and state, independent of corporations.

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The Big Disconnect

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The United States government is diligent—some might say to the point of obsession—in defending its borders against invaders, be they terrorists, natural disasters, or illegal immigrants. Now we are told a small, international band of renegades armed with nothing more than laptops presents the greatest threat to the U.S. regime since the close of the Cold War. WikiLeaks’ release of a massive trove of secret official documents has riled politicians from across the spectrum. But political analyst and writer Micah Sifry argues that WikiLeaks is not the whole story: it is a symptom, an indicator of an ongoing generational and philosophical struggle between older, closed systems, and the new open culture of the Internet.

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