We're back at GovDelivery in downtown St. Paul! Come with ideas for projects, things you may have already started, or we'll try to match you up with an already existing project or idea. We'll have food and some great conversation.
This meeting will be an open lab time where we will work on projects. Come with ideas for projects, things you may have already started, or we'll try to match you up with an already existing project or idea.
Civic tech isn't just about data, coding, and designing. There are a lot of great books and articles out there that address society, culture, technology, discrimination, economics, and all those other things we care about. So let’s read and talk about some of them!
In February, we'll meet on a Saturday afternoon at the Walker branch of Hennepin County Libraries to discuss "Data and Goliath", by Bruce Schneier. Schneier’s book discusses the growing role of data collection in business and government, and the immense surveillance potential this creates. He also explores the communal values--such as justice, commercial fairness, and security--that are at stake, and ends with concrete policy ideas for concerned citizens.
If you only have time to read part of the book, then skim one or two of the sections that interests you most and we can compare notes! We look forward to seeing you there!
You can find the book at:
- Hennepin County Library (several copies available): https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/search?t=smart&search_category=smart&q=data%20and%20goliath
- St. Paul Public Library (several copies available): http://alpha.sppl.org/search/?searchtype=X&SORT=D&searcharg=data+and+goliath
Note: This is a "bring your own coffee" event (if you find yourself needing coffee on a Saturday morning). But please remember that the library only allows covered beverages in the conference room.
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Got ideas of what to read for future book club meetings? Add them to https://workflowy.com/shared/7c2f4fb4-41d4-d38d-55c7-ec631e6d0436.
Join Open Twin Cities and Hennepin County for one of the most important civic tech events in the Twin Cities. Geo:Code 2017 is a series of open data workshops and conversations to connect people who live, work and govern in Hennepin County. This year we will have two tracks: a county camp unconference and, as in years past, coding space for an open hackathon. Participants are welcome to participate in either or both tracks and to switch through out the weekend. For more information, or to register and submit an idea, please visit http://www.hennepin.us/geocode.
This month, we’ll be joined by special guest Eugene Belinski from Software for Good to talk about personal surveillance self-defense techniques that are accessible to anyone interested in securing their own data footprint. He’ll share tips on using secure messaging, secure internet browsing, two-factor authentication, and other topics participants may be interested in–so bring your curiosity and your questions!
The Northside Digital Innovation Alliance (NDIA) is working to digitally empower northside residents. As part of that work, the Northside Digital Assets System project aims to build a website to help residents connect with public technology centers, classes, and events.