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I.T.: Baby or
Bathwater?
Michal Migurski, CfA
CityCamp Oakland 2013
@michalmigurski
Information
technology used 

to mean paper.
http://teczno.com/s/yq5

Oxford Filing Co. Speed Index:
Brazil, 1985

Paper is easy to mock.
Daily Show, 2013
http://teczno.com/s/yq5

But! Communities of Practice.
With the web, 

the “webmaster” 

did everything.
• “Please

describe the details 

of the accident. You may not use
any of the characters <, >, %, *,
(, ), ^, <, |, ~, / o...
With the web, 

I.T. became difficult and
procurement was born.
Pace of technological change
~2010
Pace of technological change

90’s
Civic technology: 

90’s that never ended
Two steps to 

help rebalance…
Let’s fast-forward 

civic tech to 2010.
Programming got easier, servers got easier, 

data got easier, and web design got...
~2010
Pace of technological change

90’s
e
d
o

c
r

e
t
s

p
i

h

~2010

Pace of technological change

90’s
Let’s get the good 

stuff back in-house.
The communities, the learning, the deep local
knowledge of places and their histo...
http://teczno.com/s/88wv
OpenOakland and 

Code for America: 

3 years of progress
1) Adopt-a-Hydrant
“What if you felt about your government 

the way you felt about your iPhone?” 



Fixing potholes and ...
2) Oakland Answers
Write-a-thons! Social events for non-coders! 

Repeating things that worked elsewhere!
“If animals don’t want 

to be eaten they should
learn to code”
—Paul Ford, @ftrain
3) RecordTrac
Getting closer to the actual core 

functions of local government.
Recap:
Choose 2010,
In-house the good stuff.
Three bonus
outcomes…
http://teczno.com/s/yq5

Be good at information again.
http://teczno.com/s/7bz

Fix procurement along the way.
Refocus on helping 

solve people’s needs.
Thank You.
Michal Migurski
mike@codeforamerica.org
@michalmigurski
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With all the structural problems in government IT, Michal Migurski dives into the history of how we got to this point and suggests some ways to rethink procurement and technology in local government.

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  1. 1. I.T.: Baby or Bathwater? Michal Migurski, CfA CityCamp Oakland 2013 @michalmigurski
  2. 2. Information technology used 
 to mean paper.
  3. 3. http://teczno.com/s/yq5 Oxford Filing Co. Speed Index:
  4. 4. Brazil, 1985 Paper is easy to mock.
  5. 5. Daily Show, 2013
  6. 6. http://teczno.com/s/yq5 But! Communities of Practice.
  7. 7. With the web, 
 the “webmaster” 
 did everything.
  8. 8. • “Please describe the details 
 of the accident. You may not use any of the characters <, >, %, *, (, ), ^, <, |, ~, / or = 
 in your responses.”
  9. 9. With the web, 
 I.T. became difficult and procurement was born.
  10. 10. Pace of technological change
  11. 11. ~2010 Pace of technological change 90’s
  12. 12. Civic technology: 
 90’s that never ended
  13. 13. Two steps to 
 help rebalance…
  14. 14. Let’s fast-forward 
 civic tech to 2010. Programming got easier, servers got easier, 
 data got easier, and web design got easier.
  15. 15. ~2010 Pace of technological change 90’s
  16. 16. e d o c r e t s p i h ~2010 Pace of technological change 90’s
  17. 17. Let’s get the good 
 stuff back in-house. The communities, the learning, the deep local knowledge of places and their histories.
  18. 18. http://teczno.com/s/88wv
  19. 19. OpenOakland and 
 Code for America: 
 3 years of progress
  20. 20. 1) Adopt-a-Hydrant “What if you felt about your government 
 the way you felt about your iPhone?” 
 
 Fixing potholes and paying attention 
 to basics got civic hackers to the table.
  21. 21. 2) Oakland Answers Write-a-thons! Social events for non-coders! 
 Repeating things that worked elsewhere!
  22. 22. “If animals don’t want 
 to be eaten they should learn to code” —Paul Ford, @ftrain
  23. 23. 3) RecordTrac Getting closer to the actual core 
 functions of local government.
  24. 24. Recap: Choose 2010, In-house the good stuff.
  25. 25. Three bonus outcomes…
  26. 26. http://teczno.com/s/yq5 Be good at information again.
  27. 27. http://teczno.com/s/7bz Fix procurement along the way.
  28. 28. Refocus on helping 
 solve people’s needs.
  29. 29. Thank You. Michal Migurski mike@codeforamerica.org @michalmigurski
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