Civic Hacking

Citizens Creating New Digital Government Interfaces

Authored by: Lora Frecks

Routledge Handbook on Information Technology in Government

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138925670
eBook ISBN: 9781315683645
Adobe ISBN: 9781317406792


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In the early 2010s, citizens started banding together and doing something new. They received data from local governments and created new digital interfaces (websites and apps) for their fellow citizens to access that data. The general goal is to make this information more accessible—to move information from difficult-to-find locations or difficult formats and to make it easier for people to find, access, and understand. This chapter explains how this phenomenon known as civic hacking became possible, how it can be fostered, and what it might mean for the future of public administration.

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