The First Introduction to the Civic Tech Movement

 The term “Civic Tech” has gained international recognition as a way to unite communities and government through technology design. But what does it mean for our shared future? In this book, Andrew Schrock cuts through the hype by telling stories of the people and ideas driving the movement. He argues that Civic Tech emerged in response to inequality and persistent social problems. The collaborative approaches and early successes of “techies” may not be easy solutions, but they exemplify a powerful political alternative. Civic Tech draws our attention to the challenges of public ownership and democratizing technology design—vital goals for the years ahead.


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“Andrew Schrock has the head of a hacker and the heart of an activist—a pretty powerful combination if what you want to do is use new media platforms and practices to change the world. I can’t think of anyone who would be a better guide to the bold new world of Civic Tech, a topic which should be close to the heart for educators and community organizers alike.”

—Henry Jenkins, co-author of By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism

“While some hoard their good ideas for personal gain, Andrew openly shares them—especially ones with the power to make the world great through collective action. His authorial style is open, accessible, and welcoming to a wide audience.”

—Meryl Alper, author of Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality

“This book guides us and exemplifies the spirit of participation animating Civic Tech. It’s exciting to watch a new mode of political engagement emerge—but even more important to figure out what’s working and what’s not.”

—Chris Kelty author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software