Laurenellen McCann is an organizer and tech policy expert, currently working as a fellow with the Open Technology Institute at New America and a consultant with the Smart Chicago Collaborative. Her work focuses on best practices in civic innovation and participation, with a particular eye to the impact of direct collaboration with individuals and communities in the creation of public interest policy and technology. She also runs The Curious Citizens Project, a social practice art lab that melds placemaking, technology, and public art to increase participation in public commons. Previously, Laurenellen served as the National Policy Manager of the Sunlight Foundation. In addition to leading Sunlight’s work on state and local issues, she also co-authored Sunlight’s open data policy platform, and directed the annual community gathering, TransparencyCamp. At the end of 2013, TIME Magazine named her one of 30 Under 30 Changing the World.
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