Civic Tech Chat

Ryan Koch

Civic Tech Chat is a podcast about the civic technology movement.

We seek to harness the power technology has to

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Join us for a conversation about the motivations and constraints involved with volunteering in civic tech! We're joined by [Jill Bjers](https://twitter.com/Jillzey), [Nehemiah Dacres](https://twitter.com/dacresni), [Marianne Miranda](https://twitter.com/mariannettePM), and [Matt Zagaja](https://twitter.com/mzagaja)} for a live show that happened during the 2021 Code for America Brigade Congress. Join us on [Discord](https://discord.gg/hECzBJh) ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Volunteer personas doc](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dExHtVElMr4oCuWEXWzs8zCuxqj7OTggzyP_LXeJhQ0/edit#) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Nov 11

1 hr 6 min

During this episode we dive into a conversation about the Code for America volunteer network. We'll talk through conversations they've been having at the grassroots level to refocus their efforts and answer some key questions around values, purpose, and future steps. We're joined by the following folks at different stages of the conversation: - [Em Burnett](https://twitter.com/elburnett) - [Janet Michaelis](https://twitter.com/jgmichaelis) - Jennifer Miller - [Rene Joy](https://twitter.com/renejoywrites) - [Tim Leisman](https://twitter.com/TimLeisman) - Yeti Aberra Join us on [Discord](https://discord.gg/hECzBJh) ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Network ReVisioning Proposal](https://cfa-network.gitbook.io/network-revisioning/) - [Effort announcement](https://discourse.codeforamerica.org/t/announcing-the-network-revisioning-project/1058) - [2021 Brigade Congress](https://cfa.osp.cat/conferences/congress/f/43/){:target="_blank"} - [Civic Tech Chat Live Show info for 10/16/2021](https://cfa.osp.cat/conferences/congress/program/52) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Oct 14

50 min 42 sec

We're joined by folks from the [Center for Employment Training Immigration and Citizenship Program (CET-ICP)](https://www.cet-icp.org/about-cet-icp/) and [Code for San Jose](https://www.codeforsanjose.org/) to talk about the Citizen and Immigration Information Tool they've built together. From CET-ICP we hear from their Director, Monica Limas, as well as Valdo Drozdek, a technology and outreach specialist. From Code for San Jose we chat with their Director of Frontend Engineering, [Joey Richardson](https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-richardson-97206953/). Join us on [Discord](https://discord.gg/hECzBJh) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Oct 1

1 hr 4 min

We talk a bit about the Silenced No More act, a bill that passed the California legislature on September 3rd. We'll cover what it seeks to do, the problem space it covers, and why it's a salient topic. Join us on [Discord](https://discord.gg/hECzBJh) ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [California State Senate Floor Analysis of the bill](https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billAnalysisClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220SB331#) - [Washington Post coverage of the bill](https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/09/silenced-no-more-act-goes-global/) - [Law firm blog post on the bill](https://www.amglaw.com/blog/2021/09/what-does-the-silenced-no-more-act-mean-for-california-workers/) - [Press release from introduction](https://sd20.senate.ca.gov/news/2021-02-08-senator-leyva-introduces-%E2%80%9Csilenced-no-more-act%E2%80%9D) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Sep 17

7 min 15 sec

Lorin Camargo and Sofía Corona, Co-Directors of [Code for All](https://codeforall.org/our-team) join us for a conversation about their organization's upcoming summit event. We'll talk about what it's all about, how they go about organizing it, and how they address some of its key challenges. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Code for All](https://codeforall.org/) - [Code for All YouTube Channel](https://www.youtube.com/c/codeforallcivictech/videos) - [Code for All Summit Agenda](https://codeforall.org/summit-2021) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Sep 9

25 min 21 sec

[Dr. Karina Rider](https://twitter.com/kaareeenah) joins us to talk about research they've done focused on civic tech organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. We'll talk through their findings, the way systems around us impact involvement in civic tech, and more. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [The Slow Professor](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26367751-slow-professor) - [The New Spirit of Capitalism](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1166150.The_New_Spirit_of_Capitalism?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=0NLmUVekqw&rank=1) - [Venture Labor](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13697468-venture-labor?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=KIjv0voZqg&rank=1) - [Data Feminism](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51777543-data-feminism?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=pIjupL7Mw2&rank=1) - - [Dr. Rider's website](https://karinarider.wordpress.com/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Sep 2

1 hr 3 min

[Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch)talks facial recognition technology and its role in government. We'll chat through what it's all about, some action happening in the policy space, and why this topic is salient. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [GAO Facial Recognition Report](https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-526) - [Washington Post article about Senate Bill](https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/04/21/data-surveillance-bill/) - [FTC Post](https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2021/04/aiming-truth-fairness-equity-your-companys-use-ai) - [Facial Recognition bias study](http://gendershades.org/overview.html)

Aug 26

11 min 55 sec

Ryan Koch talks Right to Repair. We'll chat through what it's about, why it's important, and some legislation that's out there being considered. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2021/07/14/president-bidens-right-to-repair-order-needs-strengthening-to-aid-consumers/ - https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/S4104 - https://www.vice.com/en/article/93y3np/new-york-senate-passes-electronics-right-to-repair-legislation - https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/07/09/executive-order-on-promoting-competition-in-the-american-economy/ - https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7m8mx/john-deere-promised-farmers-it-would-make-tractors-easy-to-repair-it-lied - https://uspirg.org/feature/usp/deere-headlights - https://morelle.house.gov/media/press-releases/congressman-joe-morelle-introduces-fair-repair-act - https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/4006/committees - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/aug/02/why-right-to-repair-matters-according-to-a-farmer-a-medical-worker-a-computer-store-owner - https://www.ifixit.com/Right-to-Repair/E-waste ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Aug 12

11 min 32 sec

[Wietse Van Ransbeeck](https://twitter.com/WietseVR), CEO of [Citizen Lab](https://www.citizenlab.co/) drops by the podcast for a conversation about democracy and civic participation. We'll also cover a bit about the role technology may play in both. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Against Elections: The Case for Democracy](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29605509-against-elections?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=rSorZlgqRq&rank=1) - [Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52579179-open-democracy?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=1NEKKHdKeA&rank=2)

Jun 23

36 min 53 sec

[Mark Funkhouser](https://twitter.com/mayorfunk),former Mayor of Kansas City and owner of [Funkhouser and Associates](https://twitter.com/mayorfunk)joins us for a conversation the impact COVID-19 has had on state and local government. We'll also dive into a conversation about Federal policy response and what those relief funds mean for governments. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [The Sum of Us](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53231851-the-sum-of-us?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=nnRLWP5tfO&rank=1) - [American Nations](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11140803-american-nations?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cLQCpR4vgt&rank=1) - [Union](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48889991-union?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=VHvgy5o4fb&rank=1) - [Twitter and Tear Gas](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32714239-twitter-and-tear-gas?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=gYWzRPNaVt&rank=1) - [Slow Boring Newsletter](https://www.slowboring.com/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jun 2

39 min 23 sec

[Amy J Wilson](https://twitter.com/RealAmyJWilson), author of [Empathy for change](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56848855-empathy-for-change?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=YztUy0PjCk&rank=1) joins us for a conversation about how empathy drives change, helps work environments, and impacts the world around us. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Throughline (NPR)](https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510333/throughline) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

May 5

44 min 28 sec

This time we talk discovery sprints! We're joined by [Jenn Noinaj](https://www.linkedin.com/in/actuallyjenn/) and [Kathryn Jurick](https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrynjurick/), authors of the United States Digital Service guide to discovery sprints. We'll chat about what these are, how they're run, and how they can help. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [USDS Discovery Sprint Guide](https://sprint.usds.gov/){:target="_blank"} ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds

Apr 21

1 hr 1 min

[Gabe Gumbs](https://twitter.com/GabrielGumbs), CIO of [Spirion](https://www.spirion.com/)and host of the [Privacy Please Podcast](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/privacy-please/id1501600433)joins us to talk about data privacy. We'll cover some policy, compliance, and talk a bit about the right to be forgotten. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Right to be forgotten](https://gdpr.eu/right-to-be-forgotten/) - [Privacy Please Podcast](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/privacy-please/id1501600433) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Apr 1

33 min 17 sec

Hello folks! Below you'll find the original description for the first episode we ever released. It was this day three years ago that this adventure started. So let's sit back, listen, and take stock in how far we've all come since then. Our inaugural episode features a panel discussion with [Kristi Leach](https://twitter.com/kristil), an independent Design Researcher and Information Architect, [Tom Dooner](https://twitter.com/tomdooner), a Developer Evangelist for Code for America, and [Cyrus Sethna](https://twitter.com/c_sethna), a Digital Services Expert with the United States Digital Service. We'll talk about what Civic Tech is, where the movement stands, and how you can get involved. ### Web Resources mentioned in the episode - *Code for America Brigade*: [brigade.codeforamerica.org](https://brigade.codeforamerica.org) - *Code for America Public Interest Tech Job Board*: [jobs.codeforamerica.org](https://jobs.codeforamerica.org) - *Open Uptown*: [uptown.codes](http://uptown.codes) - 💪🖥🇺🇸: [usds.gov](https://usds.gov) - *Build With Not For*: [buildwithnotfor.wordpress.com](https://buildwithnotfor.wordpress.com) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Feb 21

1 hr

[Matt Scott](https://twitter.com/MattScottGW), creator of [Let's Care](https://www.lets.care/) joins us to talk about their experiences as a story teller and community builder. We'll talk about their craft, the ways empathy can lead to connection, and the lessons they've learned along their path. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Empathy for Change](https://www.amyjwilson.com/empathyforchange){:target="_blank"} - [Brene Brown](https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_the_power_of_vulnerability) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Feb 11

47 min 35 sec

[Adam Roberts](https://twitter.com/Gameplay_Review)creator of the GameplayReviewUK Youtube channel joins us to talk about space. We'll chat about how they make use of the video platform to share knowledge about space exploration and its history, how they seek to make that information more accessible, and what it's like to be a content creator. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [GameplayReviewUK](https://www.youtube.com/user/GameplayReviewUK) - [Marcus House](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNHHEoiSF8pcLgqLKVugOw) - [Parallax Nick](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0QdW-H7_l0zh_CoNhlwoBw) - [Savfk](https://soundcloud.com/savfk) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jan 28

39 min 53 sec

[Lara Stephenson](https://twitter.com/Lara_makes) of Code for Australia joins us to talk about the Digital Maturity Indicator, a model which seeks to help organizations measure, benchmark, and improve the way they use digital technologies. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Digital Maturity Indicator](https://codeforaustralia.org/digital-maturity-indicator/) - [Public Digital HQ](https://twitter.com/PublicDigitalHQ) - [Code for Australia Blog](https://blog.codeforaustralia.org/) - [Code for All Blog](https://medium.com/code-for-all) - [Dumbo Feather Magazine](https://www.dumbofeather.com/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Dec 2020

40 min 12 sec

[Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon) leads an AMA featuring [Georgia Bullen](https://twitter.com/georgiamoon) and [Maya Wagoner](https://twitter.com/mayawagon, authors of the [More Than Code](https://morethancode.cc/report/executivesummary/) report. ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Nov 2020

59 min

Civic Design Consultant and author [Cyd Harrell](https://twitter.com/cydharrell) joins us for a conversation about their new book [A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55225556-a-civic-technologist-s-practice-guide?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=paFK2DugTf&rank=1), which seeks to be a grounding document in the space. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Slow Ideas](https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/07/29/slow-ideas) - [Inclusive Design for a Digital World](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46113876-inclusive-design-for-a-digital-world?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=BN5R6KdAsB&rank=1) - [Disability Visibility](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51456746-disability-visibility) - [So you want to reform democracy](https://medium.com/civic-tech-thoughts-from-joshdata/so-you-want-to-reform-democracy-7f3b1ef10597) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Oct 2020

39 min 52 sec

This is the second of two episodes where we'll talk to folks who are leading organizations trying to make civic involvement easier despite the constraints of COVID-19. For this one, we're joined by [Maria Yuan](https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariayuan/) to chat with us about their platform IssueVoter which seeks to inform folks about Congress and empower them to connect with its members. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [IssueVoter](https://twitter.com/issuevoter) - [2014 Princeton study on Congressional decision making and popular opinion](https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/perspectives-on-politics/article/testing-theories-of-american-politics-elites-interest-groups-and-average-citizens/62327F513959D0A304D4893B382B992B) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Oct 2020

34 min 6 sec

We sit down with [Amanda Renteria](https://twitter.com/AmandaRenteria), the CEO of [Code for America](https://codeforamerica.org), an organization that seeks to improve the delivery of government services, whether through its programs or its nationwide volunteer network. We'll talk about the organization, their vision for it, a bit of public policy, and even how the organization is trying to weather the times we are living in. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Scientific American Mind](https://www.scientificamerican.com/mind-and-brain/) - [The Future is Faster than You Think](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52290273-the-future-is-faster-than-you-think) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Sep 2020

36 min 6 sec

This is the first of two episodes where we'll talk to folks who are leading organizations trying to make civic involvement easier despite the constraints of COVID-19. For this one, we're joined by [Bhavini Patel](https://twitter.com/bhavinipatel_)to chat with us about their platform Be the Change which seeks to facilitate connections between constituents and state legislators. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Be The Change](https://beam-data.com/) - [Blink - Malcom Gladwell](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40102.Blink){:target="_blank"} - [Grit - Angela Duckworth](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27213329-grit) - [The Transportation Research Board](https://www.nationalacademies.org/trb/transportation-research-board) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Aug 2020

31 min 17 sec

[RoadBotics](https://www.roadbotics.com/) Co-Founder [Benjamin Schmidt](https://www.linkedin.com/in/schmidtbt/) joined us to talk road infrastructure. How do governments make decisions about its management? How might data play a role in that? These questions and more will be answered throughout this episode. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [American Society of Civil Engineers](https://www.asce.org/) - [The Transportation Research Board](https://www.nationalacademies.org/trb/transportation-research-board) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jul 2020

44 min 53 sec

United Stats Digital Services Engineering Director [Lisa Chung](https://www.linkedin.com/in/coderlisa/) joined us to talk engineering culture, hiring diversity and inclusion, and vendor best practices. We had the chance to sit down and learn from her in March as she was taking on this leadership role. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Matt Cutts Ted Talk](https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_what_happens_when_a_silicon_valley_technologist_works_for_the_government) - [The Government Fix (book)](https://www.senseandrespondpress.com/the-government-fix) - [USDS Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/usdigitalservice/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

May 2020

25 min 27 sec

[Lina Patel](https://www.linkedin.com/in/linaxpatel/) of Code for Australia and [Nao Myoshu](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nao-m/?originalSubdomain=jp) of Code for Japan join us for a conversation about Tech for Non Tech, a Code for All educational program. We'll talk about what the program is, why it exists, and dig into the details of how it's been shared across the network. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Code for All](https://codeforall.org/) - [Code for Australia](https://codeforaustralia.org/) - [Code for Japan](https://www.code4japan.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Apr 2020

48 min 47 sec

[Emily Paul](https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilylenglepaul/) joins us for a conversation about their work as a TechCongress fellow in the area of forensic algorithms. We'll cover that topic area as well as the work they did with Representative Mark Takano to put together the Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [The New Jim Crow](http://newjimcrow.com/) - [New America Publications](https://www.newamerica.org/publications/) - [Route Fifty Newsletters](https://www.routefifty.com/newsletters/) - [Data and Society](https://datasociety.net/) - [Upturn Publications](https://www.upturn.org/work/) - [Justice in Forensic Algorithms Act of 2019](https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4368/) - [Convicted by Code](https://slate.com/technology/2015/10/defendants-should-be-able-to-inspect-software-code-used-in-forensics.html) - [We Keep Us Safe](https://ellabakercenter.org/WKUS_EBC) - [Pleasure Activism](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40549668-pleasure-activism) - [Emergent Strategy](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29633913-emergent-strategy) - [Normal Life](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8251053-normal-life) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Mar 2020

51 min 25 sec

[Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon), [Mohith Rao](https://twitter.com/localtechsupp), and [Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch)sit down with returning guest [Emily Fong](https://twitter.com/leahbannon)(they appeared on [episode 16](https://civictech.chat/2018/08/coding-it-forward-civic-technology-fellowship)). We'll talk about the work they're doing in the space where finance and civic tech meet, their community organizing efforts, and their product management practice. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Propel](https://www.linkedin.com/company/propel-inc/) - [US Census Bureau](https://www.linkedin.com/company/us-census-bureau/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Feb 2020

58 min 2 sec

We sit down with [Shannon Sartin](https://twitter.com/sartin_shannon), to learn about their path to becoming a leader in the health care technology space. We'll learn from her experiences, chat through strategies for running teams, and more. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [USDS](https://www.usds.gov/) - [Article with Cobol story](https://www.govexec.com/management/2018/09/meet-executive-bringing-digital-savvy-health-and-human-services/151171/) - [CMS](https://www.cms.gov/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Feb 2020

31 min 6 sec

Join [Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon), [Mohith Rao](https://twitter.com/localtechsupp}, and [Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch) as they record a live episode streamed on the [Twitch platform](https://www.twitch.tv/civictechchat). They'll discuss a number of topics including the responsibility tech companies have over their platforms, how regulations and agencies interact with large corporations, the inner workings of Code for America Brigade management, and even some sci-fi-esque public policy. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Facebook let's politicians lie on platform article](https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/10/facebook-policy-political-speech-lets-politicians-lie-ads/?utm_campaign=the_technology_202&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Newsletter&wpisrc=nl_technology202&wpmm=1) - [FTC Commissioner Chopra dissent about Google and COPPA](https://twitter.com/chopraftc/status/1169245405986611200) - [Propublica Article about IRS-Turbotax decision](https://www.propublica.org/article/irs-reforms-free-file-program-drops-agreement-not-to-compete-with-turbotax){:target="_blank"} - [Code for America Summit](https://www.codeforamerica.org/summit/) - [San Francisco Digital Service is hiring](https://digitalservices.sfgov.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jan 2020

50 min 22 sec

[Kelly Taylor](https://twitter.com/ktinboulder), Director of the Colorado Digital service joins us to talk about how the agency came to be, the merits of the digital services model, as well as lessons learned along the way. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Colorado Digital Service](https://sites.google.com/state.co.us/coloradodigitalservice/home) - [Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule (Paul Graham)](http://www.paulgraham.com/makersschedule.html) - [O'Reilly Government 2.0 Blog](https://www.oreilly.com/tim/gov2/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Dec 2019

43 min 37 sec

[Kent Wyatt](https://twitter.com/kwyatt23), co-founder of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) returns to the podcast. We'll get into how their organization is working to help push government forward, check in on what's been happening over the past year or so, and talk about some trends they've seen along the way. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Engaging Local Government Leaders](https://elgl.org/) - [GovLove Podcast](https://elgl.org/govlove/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Dec 2019

39 min 9 sec

We are joined by [Clark Richey](https://www.linkedin.com/in/clark-richey-6b737/), Chief Technology Officer at FactGem to talk about how organizations handle data, how it might be made useful for a wider audience, and about their experience in this field. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [FactGem](http://factgem.com/){:target="_blank"} - [Data Architecture Summit (Chicago)](https://das2019.dataversity.net/){:target="_blank"} - [O'Reilly Strata Data Conference (New York)](https://conferences.oreilly.com/strata){:target="_blank"} ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds){:target="_blank"}

Nov 2019

29 min 29 sec

We are joined by [Gwendolyn Washington](https://www.linkedin.com/in/gwendolyn-mcdowell-washington-906b9744/), Director of Pro Bono at Rising for Justice, [Kelli Shewmaker](https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelshew/), Community Outreach Lead with Code for DC, and [Charles Landau](https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesdlandau/), volunteer on the Rising for Justice <> Code for DC project. We'll talk about this partnership, the National Day of Civic Hacking, National Expungement Week, as well as some of what goes into building software like this. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Code for DC](https://codefordc.org/) - [Rising for Justice](https://risingforjustice.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Nov 2019

38 min 1 sec

We are joined by [Dr. Stephen Kleinschmit](https://twitter.com/profstevek), Director of a new Civic Analytics Masters program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We'll talk about how this program came to be, it's relationship with civic tech, and explore some details about the program itself. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Master of Science in Civic Analytics](https://cuppa.uic.edu/academics/pa/pa-programs/master-of-science-in-civic-analytics/) - [The Journal of Public and Non-Profit Affairs](https://www.jpna.org/index.php/jpna) - [GovLove Podcast](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/govlove-a-podcast-about-local-government/id993270804) - [ChiHackNight](https://chihacknight.org/) - [Academics of PA Podcast](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/academics-of-pa/id1453287244) - [UIC Public Administration Twitter](https://twitter.com/uicdpa) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds){:target="_blank"}

Sep 2019

38 min 44 sec

We are joined by three panelists for this episode, including, Asim Ishaq Khan , Deputy Director of Projects at KPITB (http://www.kpitb.gov.pk/), Emcet Oktay Tas, Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank (https://www.worldbank.org/), as well as Sheba Najmi, Founder and Executive Director at Code for Pakistan (http://codeforpakistan.org/). We'll be talking about the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government Innovation Fellowship, which was formed by a partnership of their organizations. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government Innovation Fellowship(http://codeforpakistan.org/programs/fellowship/_ - Jen Palhka's Ted talk(https://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_pahlka_coding_a_better_government) - From Poverty to Power (https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/) ##### Music Credit: Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol(http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Sep 2019

50 min 56 sec

We are joined by User Experience Designer [Shannon McHarg](https://twitter.com/EfficientIxD) and Content Strategist [Ryan Johnson](https://twitter.com/forestglenroad), who both work at the [Office of Natural Resources Revenue](https://twitter.com/DOIONRR), an agency within the [United States Department of the Interior](https://twitter.com/Interior). We'll talk about an open source project they both contribute to called [Maine Ballot](https://maineballot.org/). ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Maine Ballot](https://maineballot.org/) - [Don't Make Me Think](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18197267-don-t-make-me-think-revisited) - [UK Digital Service](https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-digital-service) - [Digital Transformation at Scale](https://www.andrewgreenway.com/book) - [How to Make Sense of Any Mess](http://www.howtomakesenseofanymess.com/) - [Natural Resources Revenue Data](https://revenuedata.doi.gov/) - [Heydon Pickering](http://www.heydonworks.com/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Aug 2019

38 min 45 sec

We are joined by two folks from the City of Austin, Texas including [Fara Muscadin](https://www.linkedin.com/in/farahmuscadin/), Director of the Office of Police Oversight and [Marni Wilhite](https://www.linkedin.com/in/marniwilhite/) Head of Product, Communications and Technology Management. We'll engage in a conversation about some work they've been doing to improve the way public feedback about the police there occurs. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Email Austin's Office of Design and Delivery](mailto:odd@austintexas.gov) - [Email Austin's Office of Police Oversight](mailto:policeoversight@austintexas.gov) - [Freakonomics Podcast](http://freakonomics.com/archive/) - [The Lab @ DC podcast](https://thelab.dc.gov/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jul 2019

45 min 31 sec

We are joined by [David Homes](https://github.com/DavidEHolmes), Director of Engineering over at the United States Digital Service. Our conversation will cover a number of topics including technology accessibility, interacting with partners and translating business rules into code, and the mentorship and development of engineers. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Join USDS](https://www.usds.gov/apply) - [Civil Rights Data Collection](https://github.com/DavidEHolmes/crdc) - [School Diversity Report](https://schooldiversityreport.com/#/) - [US Web Design System](https://designsystem.digital.gov/) - [Section 508 Compliance Site](https://www.section508.gov/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jun 2019

43 min 27 sec

Our host [Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch) presents a short briefing on the topic of Election Security. This includes a discussion on a report released recently by Stanford University, as well as a couple oft forgotten weak links in election infrastructure security. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Stanford News Article](https://news.stanford.edu/2019/06/05/strategies-secure-american-elections/) - [Politico Article](https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/05/vr-systems-russian-hackers-2016-1505582) - [Sen Wyden's Bill](https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-introduces-bill-to-protect-campaigns-state-parties-from-foreign-hackers) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jun 2019

6 min 11 sec

A little while back Civic Tech Chat hit it's first year of existence. For this special episode, [Veronica Young](https://twitter.com/veronicajyoung) and [Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon) join us for a retrospective conversation looking at the past year in civic tech. We'll find out things that went well, things that didn't go so well, and what lessons they've learned around the way ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [United States Digital Service](https://www.usds.gov/apply) - [Code for America](https://www.codeforamerica.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Apr 2019

48 min 26 sec

[Ryan](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch) takes us on a quick dive back into the world of Net Neutrality. We'll discuss the Save the Internet Act of 2019 and what it intends to accomplish. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Text of Save the Internet Act of 2019](https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/Save%20the%20Internet%20Act%20Legislative%20Text.pdf) - [University of Maryland Public Policy School Poll](http://www.publicconsultation.org/united-states/overwhelming-bipartisan-public-opposition-to-repealing-net-neutrality-persists) - [Civic Tech Chat Episode 17](https://civictech.chat/2018/08/the-state-of-net-neutrality-august-2018) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Mar 2019

7 min 51 sec

We talk with [Genevieve Gaudet](https://twitter.com/genevievegau) Senior Designer at (Nava)[https://twitter.com/NavaPBC]. The conversation focuses around the idea of humane tech and how it interacts with the social safety net. You don't want to miss it. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Wild Geese](https://rjgeib.com/thoughts/geese/geese.html) - [Indiana and IBM](http://www.govtech.com/health/Nobody-Wins-in-Indiana-vs-IBM-Lawsuit-Judge-Says.html) - [Civic Tech, #MeToo and Toxic Ecosystems: Invest in What Comes Next](https://medium.com/@beingbrina/civic-tech-metoo-and-toxic-ecosystems-invest-in-what-comes-next-34c5276f7dda) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Feb 2019

45 min

Our host, [Ryan Koch](https://twitter.com/ryan_koch) talks internet privacy. What is it? Where do we stand? What is this California law that goes into effect this year? Tune in to find out. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018](https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB375) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Jan 2019

6 min 59 sec

We're joined by [Madeline Hung](https://www.linkedin.com/in/madeline-hung-357137a6/), Co-Founder of [The Good Country](https://goodcountry.org/) an effort to create a digital country based on shared values. We'll engage in a conversation about how their mission, values, and how the organization operates. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Good Country Index](https://www.goodcountryindex.org/) - [Liquid Democracy](https://www.democracy.earth/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Dec 2018

34 min 1 sec

We sit down with [Alma Rangel](https://twitter.com/almarngl), from [Codeando Mexico](https://twitter.com/codeandomexico) to talk community organizing, responding to crises, and the state of civic tech in Mexico. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Codeando Mexico](https://www.codeandomexico.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Dec 2018

38 min 59 sec

This episode features [Dawn McDougall](https://twitter.com/de_mcdougs), Senior Advisor and former Executive Director of [Code for Philly](https://twitter.com/CodeForPhilly). We hop into a discussion about what it means for Civic Tech to be a movement and we gain some insight into how Code for Philly does community organizing. ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Nov 2018

44 min 27 sec

This episode features [Leah Bannon](https://twitter.com/leahbannon), founder of [Tech Rebalanced](https://twitter.com/tech_rebalanced) and Product Manager at the [United States Digital Service](https://twitter.com/USDS). We talk about her path to becoming a thought leader in the civic tech movement and dig into the weeds of doing product management in government. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Leah's Website](http://www.chipy.org/) - [Code for DC](https://chipymentor.org/) - [USDS](https://www.usds.gov/) - [Tech Rebalanced](https://techladyhackathon.org/) - [User Research is not Illegal](https://medium.com/@ErieMeyer/user-research-is-not-illegal-uncle-sam-51f2f92a280a) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Nov 2018

44 min 43 sec

This episode features [Ray Berg](https://twitter.com/raymondberg), Software Developer at Braintree and Organizer for the [Chicago Python Users Group (Chipy)](http://www.chipy.org/). Ray runs a free mentorship program through that community that allows folks to power up their skills using the Python ecosystem. We'll learn about how to be better mentors and mentees and about how that program operates. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Chipy](http://www.chipy.org/) - [Chipy Mentorship](https://chipymentor.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Oct 2018

40 min 27 sec

Episode 20! This time we feature a conversation with [Derek Eder](https://twitter.com/derekeder), Founder of both [DataMade](https://datamade.us), a civic tech focused company and [Chi Hack Night](https://ChiHackNight.org), a civic tech volunteer organization in Chicago. We talk through what it's like to engage in civic entrepreneurship. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Councilmatic](https://www.councilmatic.org/) - [My building doesn't recycle](http://mybuildingdoesntrecycle.com/) - [Open Data Pledge](https://chihacknight.org/blog/2017/10/03/open-data-pledge-for-illinois-governor.html) - [Fantasy Civics](https://fantasycivics.github.io/) - [Clear Streets](http://clearstreets.org/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Oct 2018

44 min 59 sec

We welcome [Aaron Snow](https://twitter.com/aaronsnow), Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Digital Service [Canadian Digital Service](https://digital.canada.ca/work-with-us/). We'll learn from his experiences leading civic tech organizations in two different countries. ### Resources and Shoutouts: - [Code for Canada](https://codefor.ca/) - [C4C and CDS partnership](https://digital.canada.ca/2018/04/19/our-partnership-with-code-for-canada/) - [18F](https://18f.gsa.gov/) ##### Music Credit: [Tumbleweeds by Monkey Warhol](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Monkey_Warhol/Lonely_Hearts_Challenge/Monkey_Warhol_-_Tumbleweeds)

Sep 2018

34 min 6 sec