Civic Hacking to Fix 216
From crumbling roads to collecting trash to fighting crime, there are a lot of challenges facing communities, What if technology could help solve the problems? Now, you can't exactly restore a community to its factory settings. "Control-alt-delete" won't bring police reform. But, with a concept called "Civic Hacking", engaged citizens are using data and ideas to help solve community problems. It's part of a movement that’s happening across the country, where experts in computer coding are working with community activists to mine a wealth of detailed government data and turning those mind-numbing numbers into user-friendly apps and websites. Join us Tuesday, as we explore exactly what Civic Hacking is, some of its history, and where the local hackers will go from here.
HERE'S THE PROJECT that the "Fix 216" hackers came up with, over the weekend --- an easy-to-read version of the consent decree reached between the US Department of Justice and the City of Cleveland. Try it out: http://cleconsentdecree.com/