Past issues


The Election Issue

The paper could send a clear message about the importance of voting

Wednesday October 10, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From The Election Issue

On August 22, 2018, the Ithaca Times, a small newspaper in upstate New York, printed a voter registration form on the cover of the paper. The Commons’... Read More

The tech behind campaigns: “It shouldn’t only be a bunch of nerds in the basement that can do this”

Wednesday October 10, 2018 / By Hana Schank

From Featured , The Election Issue

Raffi Krikorian is the Chief Technology Officer of the Democratic National Committee, where he is focusing on building foundational technology at the DNC,... Read More

Voter apathy is not a given

Wednesday October 10, 2018 / By Dana Chisnell

From The Election Issue

Dana Chisnell, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Civic Design, is a pioneer in civic design. She was in the founding cohort of the United States... Read More


The Field Diversity Issue

We need to empower a new generation of technologists who want to work for the public good

Wednesday September 5, 2018 / By Andreen Soley

From The Field Diversity Issue

Public Interest Technology is not a luxury for only some universities, Andreen Soley writes. Instead, we need to create a broad-based network of universities... Read More

Why We Should Teach Public Policy Students More about Technology (and Coding)

Wednesday September 5, 2018 / By David Eaves

From The Field Diversity Issue

What responsibility do universities have in preparing public policy students for a world increasing informed by data and technology? David Eaves, a lecturer... Read More

You get better design when there’s a diverse representation of lived experiences

Wednesday September 5, 2018 / By Emma Coleman

From The Field Diversity Issue

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer at the Kapor Center. She advises inclusive tech entrepreneurship projects and many initiatives in Oakland,... Read More


The Procurement Issue

Procurement resources

Monday July 9, 2018 / By Hana Schank

From The Procurement Issue

We’ve pulled together a list of places to help those working in government rethink their procurement processes. These are just a starting point. If you have... Read More

If you try to procure without risk, in the end, you’re more likely to fail

Monday July 9, 2018 / By Michael Knapp

From The Procurement Issue

Michael Knapp is the CEO and founder of Green River, a software design and development firm that has worked extensively with local governments. He is passionate... Read More

Tackling Homelessness in Seattle with Data-Driven Tools

Monday July 9, 2018 / By Rebecca Gale

From The Procurement Issue

The city of Seattle, Wash, has been changing the way they deal with homeless populations, and gathering data to drive some evidenced-based solutions. Now,... Read More

To upgrade government technology, build a better procurement toolkit

Monday July 9, 2018 / By user

From The Procurement Issue

Mariel Reed served as an Innovation Strategist for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, where she helped grow Startup in Residence into... Read More


The Hiring Issue

Behind the good intentions, it’s easy to see the failings of the system

Tuesday June 5, 2018 / By Leonard Hyman

From The Hiring Issue

Leonard Hyman is a Program Performance Auditor with the City of San Jose. He has a strong interest in civic innovation, good governance, emerging technology,... Read More

A one-year model doesn’t make sense

Tuesday June 5, 2018 / By Sara Hudson

From The Hiring Issue

The city of Austin, TX, has been iterating their tech and innovation hiring practices and has just completed a restructure that moves from a fellowship... Read More

We can’t promise them all jobs after, but at the very least, we get some work done

Tuesday June 5, 2018 / By Nigel Jacob

From The Hiring Issue

Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall.... Read More


The Field Connection Issue

Knowledge shouldn’t be limited to insights from our direct networks

Tuesday May 1, 2018 / By Lauren Lockwood

From The Field Connection Issue

Lauren Lockwood served as Boston’s first Chief Digital Officer. She recently moved to Philadelphia, where she is conducting research and helping cities... Read More

They were passionate, but didn’t know there was a technical path to get there

Tuesday May 1, 2018 / By Aneesh Chopra

From The Field Connection Issue

Aneesh Chopra was the Secretary of Technology for Virginia before becoming the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Today he is the president... Read More

Our ideas died before they even got out of the basement

Tuesday May 1, 2018 / By Denice Ross

From The Field Connection Issue

Denice Ross, along with New America National Network Fellow Tara McGuinness, has been researching place-based innovation networks. They’ll soon be releasing... Read More