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Happy #ElectionDay! Here’s how Philly is participating in democracy (so far) civic

May 21, 2019 1:16 pm

Happy #ElectionDay! Here’s how Philly is participating in democracy (so far)

These tech and business pros showed off their voting prowess on social media this morning — plus, some homegrown resources for navigating the polls.
Philadelphia is as unequal as Colombia. Will a minimum wage boost help? civic

May 20, 2019 1:15 pm

Philadelphia is as unequal as Colombia. Will a minimum wage boost help?

Yes. These are the whats and whys from a conversation with city leaders and urbanist Richard Florida ahead of an Election Day ballot question.
You do everything else on your phone. Why not vote? civic

May 14, 2019 7:22 am

You do everything else on your phone. Why not vote?

Blockchain technology can secure mobile voting, write politician Kahlil Williams and strategist Bradley Tusk. Is it the future for elections in Philly?
Why the Digital Literacy Alliance’s third grant round is all about the 2020 census civic

May 13, 2019 1:32 pm

Why the Digital Literacy Alliance’s third grant round is all about the 2020 census

This is the first year the U.S. Census will be conducted almost entirely online. Here's how the 19-organization coalition hopes its focused grantmaking will help shrink the digital literacy gap.
The Philly revenue department’s data-driven strategy to upend city bureaucracy civic

May 9, 2019 7:03 am

The Philly revenue department’s data-driven strategy to upend city bureaucracy

Behind the scenes of an ongoing — and largely successful — plan to reduce delinquency and increase community engagement.
The City’s new chief data officer is also its geographic information officer civic

May 6, 2019 2:06 pm

The City’s new chief data officer is also its geographic information officer

CDOGIO? Henry Garie, who in 1999 became the first GIO for the State of New Jersey, will serve both roles concurrently. Here's why Philly Chief Information Officer Mark Wheeler thinks the role combo makes sense.
Roundtrip just raised a $5.1M Series A to double in size civic

May 1, 2019 9:00 am

Roundtrip just raised a $5.1M Series A to double in size

The round into the medical transportation company was led by Alexandria, Va.-based Motley Fool Ventures with participation from an unnamed, Boston-based healthcare software company and existing backers.
This Penn professor’s geospatial tool predicts where child maltreatment will happen civic

Apr. 22, 2019 1:11 pm

This Penn professor’s geospatial tool predicts where child maltreatment will happen

Ken Steif, the director of University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Urban Spatial Analysis program, has been working with Texas nonprofit Predict Align Prevent on a framework that considers privacy and proximity to community resources.
Public safety app Citizen is now live in Philly civic

Apr. 19, 2019 7:22 am

Public safety app Citizen is now live in Philly

Philadelphia is the fifth city where the previously controversial app — which gives users real-time notifications about nearby crime, emergencies and ongoing incidents — has gone live.
Meet the 17 people tasked with advising Philly on smart city best practices civic

Apr. 16, 2019 12:45 pm

Meet the 17 people tasked with advising Philly on smart city best practices

The group hails from a mix of sectors, including tech, academia and local government. Here's what's on their to-do list.

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