About the Author


Andrew Schrock researches how governments, organizations and residents design and implement technology for civic purposes. I’m especially interested in how “civic tech” might help reform democratic institutions by changing culture, networks, policies, infrastructure, and communication. I also advocate for a responsive and responsible government through work and volunteering; I am on Long Beach’s Technology and Innovation Commission, and from 2015 to 2016 I was the first Civic Data Fellow for the city of Los Angeles.

Currently I am teaching at Woodbury University and California State University, Dominguez Hills. My academic work has appeared in publications such as New Media & Society; the International Journal of Communication; Information, and Social Media + Society. In a previous life I was a software engineer and wrote articles on technology for publications like the MIT Technology Review. For more information on my academic writing, please see my personal website.

These experiences have culminated in a book. Civic Tech: Making Technology Work for People is an accessible and compelling narrative about changing democratic institutions to be more just and equitable. If you have never heard about the movement, you will encounter an exciting story about underdogs tackling our most difficult social problems. Educators will recognize enduring debates about technology and civic well-being. Civic technologists will find their story being told in an authentic way for the first time. 

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