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Towards a Citizen Internet: The Opportunity for Civic Software

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The last decade has seen the organic growth of the web as a platform, enabling near-frictionless community-building, social communication, and collective action. But the institutions citizens support to represent our collective will and achieve our common goals have been left behind, largely by their own design. Today, several factors are converging to make recrafting of government possible, and a key ingredient are the very hackers and designers who see the enormous opportunity to build a "citizen Internet."

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Towards a Citizen Internet: The Opportunity for Civic Software

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  4. 4. CAP study<br />Millennials, ages 18 to 32, have more confidence in government and rate its performance higher than do older adults.<br /> Young adults are also strongly receptive to a reform agenda that would strip away wasteful spending and focus on improve- ments in the delivery of government services.<br />
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  27. 27. THE GREATEST LIE SPOKEN BY PEOPLE LIKE ME TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU<br />
  28. 28. ELECT ME AND I’LL SOLVE ALL YOUR PROBLEMS<br />
  29. 29. Cities in crisis<br />84% of cities face significant financial difficulties<br />92% expected to have trouble meeting citizens’ needs<br />What would you cut?<br />Source: ICMA<br />
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  41. 41. "You need to understand your bureaucracy in order to use it against itself.”<br /> - Chris Vein<br />
  42. 42. A New Kind of PublicService<br />
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  44. 44. We recruit leading web and tech professionals, as well as recent graduates from top-notch schools who have a passion for public service.<br />2011 Recruitment<br />362 Applications<br />20 Fellows<br />5.5% Acceptance<br />2011 CfA Fellows<br />
  45. 45. Cross-Sector Collaboration<br />
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  47. 47. Fellows Program<br />
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  49. 49. February Awesome Sauce<br />444 Interviews<br />68 Events<br />4 Datacamps<br />3 Ignite Talks<br />12 projects in development<br />In front of 3000+ people<br />12-15 news articles<br />A big pot of love<br />
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  64. 64. CfA Summer Internship<br />http://c4a.me/interns11<br />

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