In September 2020, Civic Tech Month, Technical.ly focused extra reporting on topics like open data, civic hackathons, 311 apps, smart cities, online voter registration and public-private collaboration. Some big questions we sought to answer: How are Code for America brigades connecting volunteer devs to meaningful civic engagement work during a time of such urgent need? How do concerns about census data collection play out locally? What are local governments’ tech stacks? How can open data be better leveraged by communities? How are local governments working to ease the digital divide, especially as many students start the 2020-21 school year virtually? And why would a technologist choose to work for their city over a privately owned tech company?
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