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  1. The Hacker Ethos and Better Cities

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    July 22, 2014 by mheadd

    The thing I’ve always loved about hackathons is how they make it possible for anyone to build something that can …
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  2. Making FOIA More Like Open Data

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    June 23, 2014 by mheadd

    The Freedom of Information Act, passed in 1966 to increase trust in government by encouraging transparency, has always been a …
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  3. Built to Fail

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    June 18, 2014 by mheadd

    The great truism that underlies the civic technology movement of the last several years is that governments face difficulty implementing …
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  4. In Defense of Transit Apps

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    June 13, 2014 by mheadd

    The civic technology community has a love-hate relationship with transit apps. We love to, and often do, use the example …
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  5. Making Room For Science

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    May 7, 2014 by mheadd

    Interesting things are happening at Philly Hackathons. Increasingly, participants at local events are opting to work on what would best …
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  6. Building a Government Data Culture

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    April 15, 2014 by mheadd

    “‘Are people innately altruistic?’ is the wrong kind of question to ask. People are people, and they respond to incentives.” …
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  7. One More Week, Three More Things

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    March 30, 2014 by mheadd

    My time as the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer is coming to an end. It’s been an incredible experience …
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  8. The Philadelphia Experiment

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    March 20, 2014 by mheadd

    Three years ago next month, the City of Philadelphia’s open data portal was launched by local technology firm Azavea as …
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  9. APIs : To Charge or Not to Charge

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    March 7, 2014 by mheadd

    There’s a discussion starting on the U.S. Government API Google Group on the subject of charging for the use of …
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  10. On Sustainable Civic Technology

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    March 2, 2014 by mheadd

    Sustaining civic technology will mean that both government’s IT infrastructure and the civic technology sector that builds on it will …
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